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

BOLI website

Exemption of interns from minimum wage and overtime

Farm internship laws and regulations Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

Fair Labor Standards Act advisory on volunteers

Farm internship laws and regulations DOL Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor

List of wage and hour training seminars

Farm internship laws and regulations Wage and hour laws

Online workbooks about wage and hour regulations

Farm internship laws and regulations BOLI technical assistance publications

Rogue Farm Corps internships

Internship opportunities Website

Student intern and trainee programs FAQ

Farm internship laws and regulations BOLI guidance on internships

Workers' compensation requirements for farms hosting interns

Workers’ compensation insurance overview

Zenger Farm Internships

Internship opportunities Website

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Karla Valness
Special Assistant to the Director
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4554
Kathryn Walker
Special Assistant to the Director
Phone: 503-986-4558
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