Work experience - Pay and hours for young workers and apprentices

Work experience

Someone doing work experience or an 'internship' might have the rights of either an employee or worker, depending on what terms they have agreed with their employer.

This means they have the same rights as an employee or worker for working hours and rest breaks.


Someone doing work experience or an internship has the right to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, unless they're a student:

  • on a placement during a higher education course
  • work shadowing
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