Oregon Agriculture

Before you host interns on your farm or accept a position as an intern, it's important to become familiar with state and federal laws and good internship practices. 

Knowing these laws and practices

  • Help ensure a good experience for both the host and the intern
  • Prevent misunderstandings, disputes, and even lawsuits or civil penalties

It is important to understand that a for-profit private business cannot use volunteers as interns. Farm internships may be exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act if they meet certain criteria.

The resources below include information about laws and regulations regarding internships and existing farm internship programs.

Resources

BOLI Technical assistance for employers

For more information Website

Exemption of interns from minimum wage and overtime

Farm internship laws and regulations Website

Fair Labor Standards Act advisory on volunteers

Farm internship laws and regulations Website

Intern handbook

Internship guide Website

List of wage and hour training seminars

Farm internship laws and regulations Website

Online workbooks about wage and hour regulations

Farm internship laws and regulations Website

Rogue Farm Corps internships

Internship opportunities Website

Small farm internship guide

Internship guide Website

Student intern and trainee programs FAQ

Farm internship laws and regulations Website

Workers' compensation requirements for farms hosting interns

Website

Zenger Farm Internships

Internship opportunities Website

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Conta​ct​

Kathryn Walker
Special Assistant to the Director
Phone: 503-986-4558
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