We went from lukewarm to cold on internships-for-credits, but it looks like it has gotten worse out there. Not only are colleges playing along, advertising unfair internships and making up programs with credits for internships without pay, but now they have started managing the expectations of graduates and legitimize what is an illegal and unfair practice. From the Globe and Mail, this quote from a student at Sheridan College:
“That was something [professors] stressed really hard – that we would not get paid”
Wait, there’s more, from another student:
“Humber is holding my diploma up in the air and saying we’re not giving it to you till you do this.”
At least, one law professor from York sees through it:
“My sense is that many employers believe simply calling someone an ‘intern’ relieves them of all employment obligations”.
Exactly. Ask them a simply question: why do you call it an “internship”?