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Are Unpaid Internships Fair?
Lately I have been reading a lot about the idea of unpaid internships and how the President wants to make it illegal for for-profit companies (companies other than non-profit organizations, government agencies etc) to utilize unpaid interns. The Oregonian even ran a story on April 21st called "Unpaid internships remain thorny issue for students, employers" I want to know are unpaid internships a good idea or is it just a form of exploitation on the behalf of some companies. The Oregonian story referenced some individuals who performed the duties of paid professionals, but received no compensation. Another person was told that her internship was paid only to find out that after the work was done that it was an "Unpaid Internship." I think this topic would make for a great show because unpaid internships are sounding more like scams for some companies to get free labor without providing any real valuable experience for interns....
Have you had an unpaid internship? Where do you see the line between opportunity and exploitation?
Update 4/22/10: We have decided to do a full show on this topic. Check it out here.
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