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Volunteering in the U.S.

If you are planning to volunteer or engage in a non-credit bearing unpaid internship, you need to consider the following guidance and speak with an immigration attorney if you need any further legal advice. ISSS cannot provide you with any written permission to participate in a volunteer experience at any organization.

What is a volunteer?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines a volunteer as follows: “an individual who performs hours of service for a public agency for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered, is considered to be a volunteer during such hours.”

What is compensation?

A salary, hourly wage, tips, bonuses, or if the employer covers your tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, accommodation expenses or any other benefit in exchange for work performed.