One of the keys to good working relationships with interns is to have clear agreements. These agreements should cover just about any possible disagreement that could come up over the course of your working relationship.
Here are a few things that your agreements or negotiations should cover.
Rights, Intellectual Property
Who owns the rights to things produced in the intern agreement?
You’ll usually want to retain all rights to anything that’s produced. In other words, any content, any code and even any ideas generated in the process belong to you.
If you want the right to name the content, in other words to claim that you wrote it yourself without crediting the intern, make sure that’s spelled out in your agreement.
Time for Delivery
When are you expecting the project to be finished?
If it’s a single part project, then a deadline is simple enough. If it’s a multi-part project, then you’ll want to make sure the various milestones and their respective due dates are all spelled out.
Confidentiality and Security
Confidentiality and security become an integral part of the agreement if you’re doing longer term or more sensitive projects.
For example, if you’re hiring a intern to help with your website, it’s possible you’ll give them access to your domain hosting and even your credit card numbers.
If that’s the case, you want to make sure you have precautions in place to protect your confidentiality and security.
These are some of the most important things to negotiate before beginning a working relationship with an intern. As a rule of thumb, try to negotiate any snags that will come up before you begin working together, rather than after.
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