Stephen Colbert on Unfair Internships (again)

Money quote:
“You don’t have to be a college student anymore. An employer can just call you an ‘intern’ and then not pay you!”
“We had these in the South 150 years ago: cotton internships.”
(Wish I could embed the video, but my provider does not allow it.)
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3 Responses to Stephen Colbert on Unfair Internships (again)

  1. Stephen says:

    Yes, I feel the same. Internships these days are being justified because of the recession. Companies know graduates are desperate for work and are using the “squeezed budgets” mantra to come across as offering a helping hand. We can’t pay you, but we will give you work, aren’t we ethical, they say.The real truth is, they can pay you but want you to work for free to keep as much profit for themselves.

    Screw them. I found myself an internship abroad through these guys, http://crccasia.com.

    I got some real skills and contacts and am now running an online start-up of my own.

  2. exintern says:

    The excuse of the recession is meaningless. Why not stop paying all their suppliers, not just of labor? Tell the gas station that they don’t pay gas anymore, they can’t afford it. With this logic, they could stop paying their paper and pen, your electricity bill and what not.

  3. […] is the fact that we have just come out of a recession and cannot afford to pay interns. Blog writer Stephen Colbert put it nicely, saying internships these days are being justified because of the recession. Because […]

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