There may not be a Supreme Court case yet, but there is a web series about the lot of interns: Interns Anonymous. There’s a pilot and a second episode already online, with a third in the works. Two lines from the dialogue:
– Your internship is like a full-time job.
– Yeah, but I’m working with the guy whose job I’m gonna take!
One character mentions setting up a support group in the pilot. Until this comes to the real world, watching the series may make you feel less alone if you’re in an unafir internship. And who knows, maybe one of these interns will report or sue their employer.
The Onion once again nails it with a funny piece about internships:
In tough economic times, employers relish the term, “cheap labor,” a.k.a. the intern. Full of vigor and promise, the intern works hard for little or no money.
Oh wait, it’s not The Onion, it’s AdvertisingAge. Not funny.
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.
Another major newspaper take on the topic of internships: The Onion. And they have the best angle I’ve seen: Fall Internship Pays Off With Coveted Winter Internship. The conclusion:
Werner added that his main goal is to use his connections at ESPN to secure a highly desirable spring internship that could possibly offer school credit and a modest travel stipend.
Which begs the question: if you take an internship to gain experience, why shouldn’t you take another one and another one to gain even more experience, until you become the CEO. Where does the “internship-for-experience” rationale stops?