Thursday, April 28
Unpaid Internships: Invaluable Opportunity or Source Of Free Labor?
On paper, internships are a clear win-win for students and businesses alike. But in this new economy, with millions of Americans still out of work and budgets as tight as ever, are interns increasingly becoming simply a source of free labor for companies? And if, as some suggest, internships are becoming an almost necessary step in starting a career, are promising young minds who can’t afford to “work for free” for months at a time getting left behind? We discuss that and more with Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation who recently wrote about the issue of unpaid internships in the NY Times and Richard Bottner, founder and president of Intern Bridge and author of Total Internship Management: The Employer's Guide To Building The Ultimate Internship Program.