Interns contribute new ideas, fresh perspectives, and contemporary research to museums. A legally compliant, successfully run intern program benefits interns and frequently serves to enhance the museum’s reputation. On the other hand, a legally noncompliant intern program could potentially expose the museum to legal liability.
When a museum hosts unpaid interns, the potential for conflict with federal minimum wage laws is always present. In this session, you will learn why internships are exempt from federal minimum wage laws; explore the legal requirements of an unpaid intern program and legal obligations of museums hosting interns; and hear about best practices for a rewarding and legally compliant intern program.


  • Barron Oda