Not the land of the free

According to the Globe and Mail, interns in some sectors are treated fairly in Canada. At least, they are paid.

Money, money, money That’s right. Payment.

At Protiviti Inc., a risk and audit advisory services firm in Chicago, interns are paid only a little less than first-year consultants. “In this market we’re trying to find technology, accounting and finance students. When you’re looking for that kind of student, you don’t really have an option. Everybody is paying their interns,” says Jessica Harrison, North America head of recruiting at Protiviti Inc.

At Bayer Inc., in Toronto, interns make the equivalent of what a full-time employee would make, with a salary of $26,000 to $47,000 per year. “You would be surprised what students are making these days,” says Gord Johnston, vice-president of human resources at Bayer.

Since this article is providing advice to employers looking for interns, this blog can only welcome this recommendation.


2 Responses to Not the land of the free

  1. mplimasol says:

    and why do you think that employers do this?

    LUCKILY, i recently got out of engineering, where co-op programs threaten the livelihood of students across the board. as a co-op student, you add one more year to your bachelor’s degree, but you also spend three semesters working for a company so, according to the coordinator, “there is no reason why you won’t be able to put yourself through your last two years.”

    co-op students can make anywhere from about $12 to $24 an hour – more than most college students have ever been offered in their entire lives.

    of course, the tradeoff is that you become a “gofer” – go for this, go for that, get me this, get me that.

    but to a college student – hey, working an easy job AND getting paid the largest wage i’ve ever seen, sounds like a deal to me.

    CO-OP PROGRAMS HURT STUDENTS. no, i’m not going to sit here and argue the whole “experience gained” side of the issue. what i AM going to say is that i can’t tell you the vast number of students who are offered this: “hey, you can go back to school and maybe your co-op job here will be replaced, OR you can stay with us!” and i also can’t tell you HOW MANY students decide to forgo the rest of their degree to continue working where their co-op has placed them.

    what does this mean for the company? they get to keep a person who has some engineering experience and never have to pay him a higher wage BECAUSE HE NEVER FINISHED HIS DEGREE. sure, the company will go on to hire college graduates for higher wages, but they will keep those college dropouts, and tell them that they have to keep working, else, who would hire someone without a college degree?

    employers DON’T care about students. they ONLY care about money. and the higher the wage they can offer the intern, the more of a chance the intern will quit school and become a slave for lower wages.

  2. n00j says:

    I found my CO-OP program extremely helpful. You take a year to work, usually between your third and fourth year, and you work for 12-16 month. You get paid pretty well $30,000 – $50,000 per year, and most of the internships provide you with real experience, not just running around getting coffee, and doing photocopying. Check out other reviews at

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