Activists Push Colleges to Stop Unpaid Internship Placement

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.

The initiative, called the Fair Pay Campaign, is using social media strategies to target the White House first and get it to end its unpaid internship program.

According to the article, 63 percent of graduating college seniors this year have an internship. Almost half of them are unpaid.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer