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More and more companies are hiring virtual interns. But is this a good thing for everyone involved?

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This story appears in the June 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Wide-eyed college students come into your workplace hoping to gain experience. In return, you pay them peanuts--if anything--while you decide whether to offer them a permanent job. It's all part of that time-honored tradition-the internship.

But internships are changing. Some firms are taking advantage of technology to hire interns working from their dorm rooms via computer, doing everything from IT projects to communicating with customers. While it's hard to know how many virtual internships exist, they raise a lot of questions. Do students get what they need, and can employers evaluate performance if they never see the person?

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