Intern Abuse?

Michelle Conlin in Business Week about the rise of unfair internships during the economic crisis:

Flung into the worst labor market since the 1940s, these college-educated strivers are stuck on the lowest rung of the labor market. Making matters worse: the shriveling—and in some cases disappearing—pay. Free labor, anyone?

Quote from Lauren Berger, self-titled Intern Queen, that should give pause to those who say that interns are not paid because they bring no value.

Many companies have interns running their entire social media campaigns. Students have already integrated social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter into their everyday lives so it’s much easier to have a student run these areas than hiring a new employee that might have to first learn about them.

Sometimes you wonder what it’s going to take.

3 Responses to Intern Abuse?

  1. mister89 says:

    In UK, legally there is not such a thing as ‘intern’ either you are paid the minimum wage as a worker or the company who hires you for free is breaking the law.

    Whoever is doing an internship for no money should go to creativetoolkit.org.uk -a website created by BECTU, the union trade which represent workers in the media industry- and raise their case as they can put pressure on companies who abuse newcomers.

  2. exintern says:

    Thanks Mister89. I’ve added the website to the Resources page. For some reason it only works when written as http://www.creativetoolkit.org.uk.

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