One of the most common questions we’re asked by our member organisations with a role to fill is if there is a difference between internships and volunteer roles.
The answer is a resounding yes.
The Centre’s Volunteer Referral Service Manager, Avril Samuels, said it is important for member organisations to know the difference between an internship and a volunteer placement because there can be legal consequences if a role as incorrectly advertised as an internship.
“The area of internships is a complex, often grey area, but it is important to take time to ask yourself five key questions about the role will help you define it,” Avril said
“Importantly, the terms aren’t interchangeable. An organisation can’t call a volunteer role an internship simply because they think it sounds more appealing.
“If in doubt, our Volunteer Referral Service will always advise members if we believe a role has been incorrectly defined so we are always in keeping with best practice.”
Here are our top five tips to tell the difference between internships and volunteering.
“The good news is that as long as you know that there is a difference between internships and volunteering, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference once you consider the purpose of the arrangement and who gets the main benefit.”
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