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Intern$ pay

Rich in experience may mean no cash for students

June 14, 2013

For many students, securing a summer internship is not an option but a necessity....

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Jun-15-13 1:12 AM

I am surprised noone mentioned student teaching. For years on end aspiring teachers have been expected to work at least three months for free. Depending on your master teacher you may get great supervision or you may be hung out to dry.

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Jun-14-13 12:01 PM

I agree with samyo7! Anyone willing to be foolish enough to work for free is just asking to be taken advantage of. Internships are voluntary slavery sentences.

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Jun-14-13 11:12 AM

bwc511 - lol finally I agree with you.

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Jun-14-13 10:35 AM

One company I worked for really took advantage of interns. And I do not mean that in a kindly way. They would arrange for an intern when we really needed to hire someone in a permanent position to do routine office work. Once the student's intern hours and final projects were complete the work that student did laid dormant until another intern was found. They never did hire a person paid to do the job. I think that is really what the internship ruling is about in District Court. The movie and television industry have many unpaid interns for a long term position because they feel like the perks are to "rub elbows" with the celebrities. Its not truly a learning experience because interns are not students and are treated very poorly. I don't believe that short term internships are what the District Court ruling is really about even though some companies definitely take advantage of free student labor.

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Jun-14-13 9:39 AM

I disagree. If the intern is there working for the benefit of the company and supplying resulsts to the company that represent a monetary value, then yes - pay them something. In many cases, however, interns are there to ovseve and learn. They might have to get their hands dirty and do some work, but having them there is often more work than benefit for the company. I am happy to have interns, but not some kid standing there asking for a pay cheque when their being there is costing me resources. If you want a paid job, then get your gloves, do what I ask and Keepmthe questions and talk to a minimum. Good internships often require a college that is equally working with the students to help them process and assess what they are observing through reflection. The best ones come with a research project they have to complete for their school at the end.

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Jun-14-13 7:36 AM

Expecting ANYONE to work for FREE is insane! I see internships as a form of blackmail. Many degrees require students to work an internship. This is wrong. And working an internship and not being paid does not guarantee the student ANYTHING!The only people who really benefit from free interns are businesses. The money they save goes into their pockets.

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