All talk, no money

Concordia University in Montreal offers “volunteer internships” requesting up to 15 hours a week for 9 months to organize a conference. At the minimumwage of Québec, that’s $4500 the intern will forfeit. The topic of the conference? “Sustainable Business”. The title? “Money Talks!”…

But are we really talking about internships here? I don’t think so. This conference is organized as an extracurricular activity by a group of students. They decided to call their top jobs “internships” while really, it’s only volunteering. Nobody is getting paid, nobody is making a profit as far as I can tell.

When did “internship” become a positive word? When did we start hiding the titles “president” and “vice-president” behind the word “intern”? It goes to show how internships permeate student culture and give them the impression that an internship is mandatory to get a real job. Should we be surprised that they would then accept unfair internships?

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