About 80% of college intern respondents in a poll have said that they were not paid or insured, the Taiwan Higher Education Union youth action committee said.
The committee interviewed 387 people from 110 universities and colleges who had in the past five years worked as interns to fulfill credit requirements, said committee member Tseng Fu-chuan. The poll was carried out from 19 May to 19 June, reports The Taipei Times.
The survey found that 80.3% of the respondents believed their internship entailed working as a formal employee at an institution or company, as their supervisor had control over their behaviour and owned what they produced during the internship, committee member Mr Chang Yu said.
However, of those who should be categorised as formal employees, 67.1% did not receive any pay and 9.7% were paid less than the minimum wage, he said.
Furthermore, only 34.8% of the interns who should be categorised as formal employees were offered labour insurance by their employers as required by the Labour Standards Act, Mr Chang said.
The poll found that 75.9% of paid interns worked more than eight hours per day and 50.4% of them did not receive overtime pay, he said.