This is actually an extremely important issue right now. Most internships are exploitive and offer no real training or hope of obtaining full-time employment. What's even worse is that now they are a replacement for entry-level jobs. Before, "entry-level" used to mean someone with no experience. Now, "entry-level" means 2-4 years of experience. How do you get those 2-4 years of experience? By working for free as an intern.
But the question I ask is this: In this economy, with over 20 million people unemployed, in one o fthe most expensive cities in the world to live, how can anyone afford to work for free for 2-4 years?
I have personally written to our New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand multiple times about this issue - with no response. If you feel as strongly as I do about ending this exploitation and this new emergence of corporate slave labor, please contact them and let them know we need this issue addressed by congress!
Senator Schumer: http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/cont…
Senator Gillibrand: http://gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/
This isn't right. If corporations can't afford to hire employees, then they aren't making enough profit to be in business. Period. We shouldn't have to starve to "bail-out" these companies!
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