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Unpaid internships historically have been a common practice among for-profit companies and a valuable means for students to gain work experience and earn high school or college credit. In 2010, however, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidelines limiting for-profit companies’ ability to offer unpaid internship opportunities. The focus of these guidelines is the requirement that the internship serve as educational training and a benefit for the intern, not the benefit of the employer.

In Davenport v. Elite Model Management Corp., No. 1:13-cv-01061-AJN (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 9, 2014) (Davenport v Elite-1) (Davenport v Elite-2), the court granted preliminary approval to a $450,000 settlement between Elite Model Management (“Elite”) and a group of unpaid interns who claimed the company intentionally misclassified employees as interns to avoid paying them wages and overtime. Dajia Davenport, who worked for…