SELN Working Paper: Unpaid Work Experiences, Volunteering, and Internships: What’s Allowed
Volunteer work, internships, and unpaid job exploration can be effective strategies for individuals with disabilities looking to gain work-related experience, as well as assessments and training at places of business. However, such activities must be undertaken carefully, with a clear understanding of the purpose of these activities. All parties must know what is permitted from a legal perspective, as well as practical considerations regarding the appropriate use of volunteer and unpaid work experiences. This working document examines these issues, and provides guidelines on the role of volunteer activities, internships, and unpaid work when assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities.
Hoff, D. (2019) SELN White Paper: Unpaid Work Experiences, Volunteering, and Internships: What’s Allowed. Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston.