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.