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Work Is Work: Why Free Internships Are Immoral

The last word on students working for free

The last word on unpaid students

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This summer, millions of students—some graduating, some between school years—will spend the summer working. Some will work at restaurants and on retail floors, where working is called "working." Some will work at think tanks and non-profit organizations, where working is called "interning." Estimates put the number of unpaid interns every year between 500,000 and one million. So, in a country where working for free is mostly illegal, a student population somewhere between the size of Tucson and Dallas will be working for free, in plain view.

A few years

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