In recent months there have been a number of lawsuits brought against companies by unpaid interns saying that the interns should have been paid for the work they performed. As Jane M. Von Bergen wrote in her February 24, 2013 article for the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In December, TV host Charlie Rose and his production company agreed to pay up to $250,000 to settle a 2007 wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by an unpaid intern.”
But there are voices to be heard on both sides of the paid vs. unpaid interns issue. Whether paid or not, an internship provides a unique opportunity for a student (or recent grad) to experience the real world of work, with all the “grown up” responsibilities that a job brings.
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