Perhaps it's time to review the law on internships, because the intern uprising is clearly under way.

Interns are increasingly starting to look to the courts for redress for what they claim is exploitation by employers. Groups that advocate on behalf of interns are beginning to spring up, and, of course, we're seeing more attorneys who specialize in intern rights.

The bottom line is this: For-profit employers do not get to decide whether someone is an intern or an employee willy-nilly.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.