Debating Internships: The Value of Unpaid Work
When Eric Glatt sued Fox Searchlight Pictures and won, the media took notice. More than a dozen lawsuits quickly followed from disgruntled interns at other companies. Some employers have responded by cancelling their internship programs. What is the true value of unpaid work?
We’ll the debate the issue from three perspectives: Intern, Employer, and a major University. Our featured employer has hired over 200 interns since 1998. Our University Career Services expert works with 1000s of computer science students and 100s of employers each year. Our former Intern worked in the film industry, and is now an advocate working to end exploitative unpaid internships.
Our experts will discuss changing ideas, recent labor rulings, and company best practices surrounding internships. We welcome a lively debate & Q&A!
Additional Supporting Materials
- Is money is the only currency of success; what can make an unpaid internship seem sufficiently valuable?
- If good, experiential learning opportunities become scarcer, how can prospective interns get valuable workplace experiences?
- How do I set up a successful internship program at my organization? How do I train mentors, many of whom will have an intern as their first, direct report?
- How does the U.S. Labor Department apply to internships the Supreme Court’s ruling on when a trainee doesn’t need to be paid at least the minimum wage?
- Can I hire high school interns, international students, graduate students, or students who partly telecommute? What are the laws I need to understand?
- Heather Carmichael Kelleher Communications, Inc.
- Tiffany Grady The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Computer Science
- Eric Glatt Georgetown University Law Center
Heather Carmichael Kelleher Communications, Inc.
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