Exploiting Interns Essay

1032 Words Jun 17th, 2013 5 Pages
RUNNING HEAD: Unpaid Internships

Exploiting Students: Harsh Reality of Unpaid Internships

In the article “Jobs Few, Grads Flock to Unpaid Internships,” Stephen Greenhouse writes about the harsh reality of internships in the United States (2012). Greenhouse, the labor and workforce reporter for The New York Times, explains in his article the specific stories of unpaid interns and lawsuits filed against companies who did not compensate these individuals. The internship programs that Greenhouse reports on oppress both women and men with unfair work expectations and poor opportunities for advancement. With the help of this article and other supporting materials, I will clarify the relationship between these unpaid, exploited
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She states that instead, one must voice opinions and demand to learn. Likewise, an intern should exercise his or her right to learn in order to be successful in future endeavors. If an intern is dissatisfied with the level of work he or she is performing, the student must look for different internships or opportunities to further his or her knowledge. Greenhouse’s article continues with explaining specific stories of unpaid interns practically bending over backwards for their employers in hopes of landing a future position. Many of these stressful internships have even begun to be seen as “sexual symbols” with little room for a student to complain (Schwartz, 2013). In many states, interns are not protected under laws such as sexual harassment because they are not technically considered a worker. In 2008, for example, a sexual harassment claim was turned away because the intern never “gained compensation for his or her work,” and therefore was not an employee (Schwartz, 2013).
Greenhouse also clarifies that there is little done to ensure that these interns are not exploited. Many of the students working for free in these positions are finding their extensive hours of hard work seemingly pointless in the long run. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only thirty-seven percent of unpaid interns receive job offers after

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