Unpaid Internships: Soon to Be a Thing of the Past?
I was pleasantly awoken yesterday to a New York Times article titled “Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say.” I say, “No shit,” although I am not an official.
Unpaid internships are one of the gravest injustices against students today. Some of the best candidates are unable to work for free, so companies that only offer unpaid internships automatically limit their applicant pool. I’ve been lucky enough to only work paid internships throughout school. It’s nice to see that the Times is covering this, because it’s the status quo in the film industry in Los Angeles. The only people entering the film industry are those that can afford to do so. It’s bullshit. The Times reports,
At Little Airplane, a Manhattan children’s film company, an N.Y.U. student who hoped to work in animation during her unpaid internship said she was instead assigned to the facilities department and ordered to wipe the door handles each day to minimize the spread of swine flu.
Tone Thyne, a senior producer at Little Airplane, said its internships were usually highly educational and often led to good jobs.
How has this become acceptable?
Got an opinion? Blow off some steam in the comments. Ugh.