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In a piece for Slate.com, Timothy Noah writes about the disturbing phenomenon of putting coveted summer internships up for auction at elite private schools.  Clearly this is putting those who cannot pay, but are well qualified for the position, at an immediate disadvantage.  Opportunity is quite literally being sold to the highest bidder.

Internships are widely seen as a great way for students to gain valuable experience which will help them pursue a job in the career of their choice.  What does it say about this country if the mere ability to put in a hard day's work is for sale?

With this in mind, The Opportunity Agenda is pleased to note our ability to offer a paid summer internship, within the communications department.  For more information, click here.

To read more from The Opportunity Agenda, visit our blog, The State of Opportunity.

Originally posted to The Opportunity Agenda on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 09:44 AM PST.

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  •  Thank you for this (3+ / 0-)
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    oldjohnbrown, Naniboujou, ShempLugosi

    This is a disturbing trend.  Previously alot of internships were unpaid, which are also difficult for the less rich, it's only becoming more disturbing.

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

    by bvig on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 10:04:39 AM PST

  •  A lot of these internships go to the students (4+ / 0-)

    that already have "connections" anyway. There are a lot of internal shufflings around to make it look like that is not what happens. I guess now that money is tight everywhere and endowments are shrinking, the schools figure they want more for these plum entry-level, networking dream positions than a scratch on the back.

    "God is not on the side of the heavy battalions, but of the best shots."- Voltaire

    by armenia on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 10:10:03 AM PST

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