A review of the policies established in the Fair Labor Standards Act indicates that the work students do during The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program has very little chance of benefiting the participating employer. In fact, the primary beneficiary of the internship is the participating student, not the employer. The ‘internship,’ which is a virtual experience, provides training similar to what would be given in an educational environment, is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning (no more than 2 weeks or 14 days), accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by emphasizing the importance of academic success and deferring to the academic calendar, does not displace the work of paid employees, and provides the employer with little, if any, direct benefit. In fact, it is highly likely that the work product produced by participating high school seniors and college freshmen will not be of any use to participating employers. Therefore under USDOL guidelines, students participating in our Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program need not be compensated for their activities.
Students who successfully complete the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program and have reached the age of 18 are designated as a Rainmaker and are eligible to apply for available paid internships at the Internship Depot or one of its partners. Students whose skills match the requirements of specific available positions will be hired and paid as consultants under contracts of extremely limited duration.
There will be and is no promise or indication of extended employment in any part of the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program.