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For many California companies, summer brings a fresh crop of young and enthusiastic interns eager to improve their future employment prospects by gaining industry skills and making new professional contacts. By tradition, many of these summer internships are unpaid. Can this practice continue in the current legal environment where California courts have steadily broadened the scope of workers who must be classified as employees and who are therefore entitled to the protections of California’s employment laws?