Do I have to pay an intern?

In April of 2010 the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor released the following clarification about pay for interns.  In general, the rules outline that interns must be paid at least minimum wage and they provide a “six question test” to determine if a very narrow exception is present.


Internships = Workforce training and retention

The BillingsWorks internship portal has launched and is now accepting internships for Fall 2016.  Internships are a key part of workforce training and retention, especially in Montana.  When BillingsWorks attended the MSU Bozeman Career Fair attending students were surveyed about their plans after college. The results showed the #1 reason students did not think they could stay in Montana after college graduation was lack of job opportunities.  Montana and our community exports far too many of our college graduates and internships are key to changing this trend.


Success Story

Seth Swandal

On the first day of his internship at Big Sky Economic Development, Seth Swandal from Rocky Mountain College, was unsure of what to expect. While he had read the job description and learned more from the interview process, his worst fear was “showing up and being put in the filing closet.”  Fortunately those concerns were short lived…