Unpaid internships can carry costly risksA look at how — and why — employers should protect themselvesBy David Whitten (Guest Commentary)09/23/2013|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/24/2013 Unpaid internships as part of co-op programs or partnerships with community colleges and universities are well-established in workplaces right across Canada. These placement programs offer tangible value to both the employer and intern. Companies recruit more effectively and students gain skills and connections to help them find that all-important first job after graduation. However, unpaid internships also have a dark side. Recent graduates, desperate for experience and facing the toughest job market in a generation, are increasingly being lured into unpaid internships with promises or suggestions of eventual paid employment. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.