This is must-read article by the Brookings Institution. Check it out!
Reading the Brookings article made me re-read one of my most popular blogs, entitled Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern Moritz Erhardt found dead after working long hours | Mail Online. My views on interns have not changed.
Basically, children of the wealthy and socially connected take the cream of the internships, both because of whom they are and secondly because their parents can avoid for them to work for free.
Personally, I struggle with the US Appeals Court that “unpaid interns must derive more benefit than the employer”. Surely this is totally subjective and unenforceable?
Apart from the issue of pay, there’s the reality that prestigious internships are beyond the grasp of youngsters from ordinary backgrounds, irrespective of their education or personal qualities.