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  • Absolutely, it's disgusting

    Let me lay out a scenario for you. All throughout college you work a minimum wage job, slowly meandering your way up the ranks, all the while knowing you won't stay there forever. By the time you graduate college, with a 3.5 GPA and lets say 60k in debt, you start looking for internships, but to your surprise they are all unpaid or criminally underpaid. Feeling trapped, that student MUST take the underpaid or unpaid internship because he needs "experience" to acquire a worthwhile career. The young grad, probably in his/her early twenties, is now expect to work full time for nothing, possibly in conjunction with his/her other mediocre job they sought to escape, totaling to around 60 or more hours a week. How is anyone supposed to gain meaningful "experience" when they're already so strung out in the beginning of the working career?

  • Common Sense and Statistics show Unpaid internships have minimal value.

    If Internships guaranteed any sort of employment, they would be worth it. As it stands today, they provide minimal benefit. Employers in need of help would stand to hire low-payed entry level assistants that they could groom and benefit from in the long term.

    Simply, at their base level, unpaid internships are exploitative and classicist, an option for kids whose parents will cover all the bills until they can make ends meet. Internships are one of the worst possible reactions to job scarcity, which a proper capitalist would say the proper reaction to scarcity is business savvy, hiring the best of the best, healthy competition, and of course, INNOVATING. The fact that one of the no's on this topic comes from the Cato Insitute staff member is a sign of the scam. As a pro-capitalist institution they should be ashamed of their argument.

  • Unpaid internships should be illegal.

    The statistic reveals that hiring rates for those who had chosen to complete an unpaid internship (37%) were almost the same for those who had not completed any internship at all (35%). Students who had any history of a paid internship, on the other hand, were far more likely (63%) to secure employment.
    Those with unpaid internships tended to take lower-paying jobs than those with no internship experience whatsoever ($35,721 and $37,087, respectively). Students with paid internships far outpaced their peers with an average $51,930 salary.

  • Unpaid internships should be illegal

    Statistic shows that, hiring rates for those who had chosen to complete an unpaid internship (37%) were almost the same for those who had not completed any internship at all (35%). Students who had any history of a paid internship, on the other hand, were far more likely (63%) to secure employment.

  • Unpaid internships should be illegal

    Statistic shows that, hiring rates for those who had chosen to complete an unpaid internship (37%) were almost the same for those who had not completed any internship at all (35%). Students who had any history of a paid internship, on the other hand, were far more likely (63%) to secure employment.

  • Unpaid internships should be illegal.

    Unpaid internships should be illegal because they are exploitative. It is not fair to demand that young people work for free, without even the promise of future employment. Minimum wage is not that much, and companies could at least pay workers a small amount to cover their cost of living expenses.

  • Common Sense and Statistics show Unpaid internships have minimal value.

    If Internships guaranteed any sort of employment, they would be worth it. As it stands today, they provide minimal benefit. Employers in need of help would stand to hire low-payed entry level assistants that they could groom and benefit from in the long term.

    Simply, at their base level, unpaid internships are exploitative and classicist, an option for kids whose parents will cover all the bills until they can make ends meet. Internships are one of the worst possible reactions to job scarcity, which a proper capitalist would say the proper reaction to scarcity is business savvy, hiring the best of the best, healthy competition, and of course, INNOVATING. The fact that one of the no's on this topic comes from the Cato Insitute staff member is a sign of the scam. As a pro-capitalist institution they should be ashamed of their argument.

  • No They Are Part of Education

    Unpaid internships should not be illegal. They should be viewed as part of the educational process. If you are a teacher while going to college you are required to have classroom time. Unpaid internships are similar to this in other job fields but they are simply done after schooling. They are very beneficial.


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