Opinion: Unpaid interns, complicit colleges


On college campuses, the annual race for summer internships, many of them unpaid, is well under way, says Ross Perlin for the New York Times. But instead of steering students toward the best opportunities and encouraging them to value their work, many institutions of higher learning are complicit in helping companies skirt a nebulous area of labor law. Colleges and universities have become cheerleaders and enablers of the unpaid internship boom, failing to inform young people of their rights or protect them from the miserly calculus of employers. In hundreds of interviews with interns over the past three years, I found dejected students resigned to working unpaid for summers, semesters and even entire academic years–and, increasingly, to paying for the privilege…

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