“Some of my friends can’t take these internships and spend a summer without making any money because they have to help pay for their own tuition or help their families with finances,” she said. “That makes them less competitive candidates for jobs after graduation.” ... “Employers increasingly want experience for entry-level jobs, and many students see the only way to get that is through unpaid internships.”
would tell paid employees to "work harder, I could get an intern to do that shit for free"
My personal belief is that a Pay Per Internship has to look bad.
From what I'm told, the unions often block internships because they fear that paid workers will be laid off in favour of unpaid students. Fair enough, I can see some companies doing that, but where do they expect that the next generation of workers will gain meaningful training? The universities?
one of a host of ways of preserving class privileges
"Tutor children in math and science?!? For FREE? How dare you: that's SOMEBODY'S JOB you're stealing!" Except of course that nobody's doing the job, which is why kids need tutoring, and their parents need pro bono legal counsel, and too many people still need free medical clinics, etc.
So this new version of apprenticeship, the unpaid intern, seems to be a pretty good modern solution to the problem of one having no experience in fields that require experience that can't be purchased in a school.
In this brief, we outline the limitations of the current college internship system and lay out a proposal that would enable low-income college students to pursue paid internships at either non-profit organizations or in government. We propose that the federal government initially appropriate $500 million in spending for the Student Opportunity Program to support about 100,000 low-income college students per year. This would be funded initially by capping contributions to section 529 savings plans (a recent recommendation of the Treasury Department to the White House’s Middle Class Task Force) and consolidating the currently disparate system of higher education tax expenditures. Going forward, we envision increasing support for the campus-based components of our proposal to provide expanded funding to more universities and colleges.
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