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  •  I agree. There is some (2+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites, plumbobb

    broad-brush painting going on in the comments here that seems to conflate different types of internships.

    I run the program at my university in which we send students to Washington for a semester as interns. They earn a full semester's credit toward their graduation, and we stringently monitor each workplace to make sure they're gaining useful skills.  Without exception, the students testify that it was their favorite semester in college, and the most valuable toward gaining a desirable first job in the political world.

    On the other hand, businesses who hire post-graduate "interns," and treat them like employees in every respect except for the salary, are breaking the law and should be punished.

    Grew a mustache and a mullet / Got a job at Chick-Fil-A

    by cardinal on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:48:32 PM PDT

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