Time & Attendance
By Staff Report
May. 29, 2013
“King” James has initiated a full-court press to score the perfect interns for spring, summer and fall. And I hope that, whoever basketball superstar LeBron James’ team chooses to take their talents to Team LeBron, the chosen ones will have the experience of a lifetime working for the “Chosen One.”
On a side note: When I mentioned this story to one of my colleagues, Frank Kalman, he told me that this is nothing new. “Michael Jordan had an intern, too,” he said, stopping for dramatic pause: “Scottie Pippen.” Funny, but not true. “Pip” was an integral part of the Dream Team for a reason; he was an amazing player. Although Dennis Rodman seemed to have his own intern—Jack Haley—but that’s another story.
As I’ve said before, I think internships are a great way for people to get on-the-job training and to learn about a certain industry. But I personally feel interns should be paid for their work like any other worker.
Does this particular internship pay anything? We’re not sure. An email to James’ website asking for clarification was not answered by the time this was posted. We hope it does pay, but if it doesn’t, here’s a reminder about the rules for unpaid internships. There are six main criteria for determining if an unpaid internship is OK. The one that always jumps out is this: “The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.”
To me, being able to pay the bills with some income would be to the benefit of the intern …
But let’s get back to the topic at hand: choosing an intern to work for the Miami Heat superstar. And here are some of the job requirements from James’ website:
Here’s hoping some hoop dreams come true for some lucky basketball fans, but success comes with a well-drawn-out play for the interns.
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