This opinion piece in the Montana Kaimin misses the main point that people shouldn’t have to pay to work, even young people. Still, it points at yet another problem with credits-for-internships: the fees that interns pay to a uniersity often cover on-campus services that interns do not receive will working on-site.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “That’s not work experience; that’s work. Many media companies seem to think that it’s acceptable to exploit the hopes and dreams of recent journalism graduates by getting them to work for free in exchange for flimsy promises of future work.”
Things may get heated in the UK as “the union will now campaign on the issue and has threatened to name companies singled out in the survey.” It would be a good thing.
A New Yorker from Manhattan has had enough and has shared his/her frustration about exploitative internships on Craigslist. Interns are so often a docile lot, it’s refreshing to see someone vent.