Progressive activists are pushing college career services departments to steer students away from unpaid internships.
According to a piece by Alan Scherzagier in the Huffington Post:
A nascent campaign against employers’ use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice’s biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit.
Organizers hope to have mobilizers raise the issue on campuses as students return to school this fall, with a particular emphasis on schools in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. They also want to join up with organized labor as part of a broader coalition focused on workplace issues.
According to the article, 63 percent of graduating college seniors this year have an internship. Almost half of them are unpaid.