Is The Unpaid Internship Dead?

Susan Adams, Jul 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The law says that when you work, you have to get paid,” says lawyer Justin Swartz. And yet "Though the laws are clear, employers in competitive, creative fields have ignored them." They they wonder why we have no respect for them. We have a long and well-established tradition of apprenticeships and cooperative placements, not to mention actual internships, where the students (or former students) are paid. We've even had them in our own office. These are good things. Unpaid internships are exploitation, pure and simple. They should be banned.

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