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    I went to law school in 1980s. The top firms in town wanted me to clerk for them in the summers, which was how we spent our summers. But, no pay! I said, screw that exploitation and arrogance, and did pro bono internship for the local legal aid organization.

    It is exploitation by greedy corporations that want valuable work for free. They actually even have the nerve to interview people for these positions. And try to make it sound all so beneficial.

    And it's discrimination: Internships have become far more common since i was in law school, making it almost mandatory that you do internships in order to get the experience needed for your resume in order to get your jobs.

    BUT: The interns need to be able to live without $$ in order to work for free. So, many students are prevented from working for free.

    Well, now the issue is hitting the courts, and this federal judge said the company broke the law by not paying interns:

    We may be seeing "the beginning of the end of the unpaid internship," said Ross Perlin at TIME. Last week, a federal judge ruled that film company Fox Searchlight broke the law by not paying two interns who worked on its Oscar-nominated movie Black Swan. Just days later, two former interns at magazine publisher Condé Nast filed a suit claiming that they were each paid less than a dollar an hour for their summer internships. Such exploitation has been widespread since the financial crisis, with unpaid internships "turning the entry-level job into an endangered species," Perlin says. This practice exploits the interns themselves, but it also shuts out "the poor and working class from a whole range of fields and opportunities," since without the backing of well-off parents they can't afford to work for nothing. Most interns are "afraid to stick their necks out" for fear of damaging their budding careers. Hopefully, Perlin says, the Black Swan ruling (which Fox may appeal) will turn the tide. For too long, we've allowed "a well-intentioned corporate recruiting and training tool" to become "a capitalist's dream" — free white-collar labor.

    "It is in the shelter of each other that people live." Irish Proverb

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:06:19 AM PDT

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