The lines between externships, volunteered time, education-on-the-job, and real work are not drawn in bright neon colors. But I’m coming down in the second camp: Unpaid internships aren’t morally defensible.
Students increasingly feel the pressure to complete various internships (often unpaid) before entering the work force, and several companies are demanding the experience. Is there a happy medium? Should all companies pay their interns?
Sixty-one percent of paid interns working at for-profit companies received a job offer; only 38 percent of unpaid interns working at for-profit companies did. And paid interns netted higher starting salaries.