Filing for and CollectingUnemployment After an Internship           By Amy Decker
The eligibility for a person to be able to file for and collectunemployment depends upon a couple of major factors. The fi...
Internships are unique in that there is usually a time frame andpay expectation attached to the project when the intern ag...
Again, in this situation, it is best to locate or call anunemployment office and ask questions relating to a particularsit...
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Filing for and Collecting Unemployment After an Internship

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Filing for and Collecting Unemployment After an Internship

  1. 1. Filing for and CollectingUnemployment After an Internship By Amy Decker
  2. 2. The eligibility for a person to be able to file for and collectunemployment depends upon a couple of major factors. The firstis if the internship was paid or unpaid. For paid internships theyare generally treated as seasonal jobs in the eyes of the stateunemployment office.As long as a person is regularly paid as compensation for theirwork, then the work either ran out or the assignment ended asscheduled, the person should be eligible to file forunemployment benefits.Many government employees are seasonal workers and are onlyemployed during peak times of the year when their services areneeded the most. The rest of the year they are generally eligiblefor unemployment compensation so long as they meet theirparticular states requirements for working.Some states require a certain number of hours to be logged as anemployee with that particular company before they are eligibleto file and claim unemployment while other states do not careabout the time spent with an employer and rather look at ahistory of the employees work. 2
  3. 3. Internships are unique in that there is usually a time frame andpay expectation attached to the project when the intern agrees tothe work with the company. While this seems black and white,either an intern is paid and eligible for unemployment or unpaidand not eligible, intern pay may not be regular like a salary orhourly job is.If the intern is paid a set amount upfront for their expectedservices, or paid after the project has completed, theunemployment process may be complicated due to these factors.Determining the specific states unemployment laws would bethe most beneficial in this situation.Having all the facts gathered on the particular internship that aperson is pursuing, as well as a good understanding of the statesunemployment policies and procedures is a the best way toensure understanding of the process once the internshipconcludes.Internships that provide a stipend for daily expenses, such asroom and board or a daily allotment for food may or may not beenough to become eligible for unemployment. 3
  4. 4. Again, in this situation, it is best to locate or call anunemployment office and ask questions relating to a particularsituation. Because each state is different, do not assume thatliving in one state, but taking an internship in another state willbe covered under the home states unemployment.Often times crossing state lines can hinder and complicate theprocess, and for those that are depending on this money aftertheir internship ends it is especially important to fullyunderstand the process they must go through to ensure thedelivery of the benefits they may be entitled to. 4

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