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Clark Howard: Internships

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Updated: 7/26/2013 1:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- I've just got to shake my head over this one. People get internships at companies and then after they have the internship, non-paid, they're turning around and filing lawsuits against the company that gave them a chance with an internship saying they were being exploited.

Well let me tell you, internships involve a lot of grunt work. But they're a great path for you learning about the workplace, m
aybe making some good contacts that will help you find a job.

Yeah, a lot of the work is dull and boring, but it's all about creating opportunity. It's just sour grapes to file a lawsuit like that, because let me tell you the value. Let's take someone that's been out of
work for a while and they go volunteer somewhere.


Do you know a recent study shows that they improve their employability by 27-percent
by going out and volunteering? That's right - working for free.

So next time you have an internship, remember the
purpose of it. It is to help you to a bridge, to something better.


For more information go to ClarkHoward.com.

Watch Clark Howard weekday mornings on Action News This Morning on FOX30 beginning at 7 a.m.
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Disappointed - 9/23/2013 10:09 PM
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Volunteering is COMPLETELY different. That assumes that your unpaid labor benefits a cause that you (hopefully) believe in. The unpaid labor from internships benefits a company, and probably some exorbitantly rich CEO. Also, many companies are using interns as a way to avoid paying for additional employees. Why pay if someone when a poor and debt-ridden college kid will work for free? Even though a lawsuit might be a bit extreme, maybe companies should be more vigilant on intern conditions. It is not fair to clump all into one category. Any intern that is used to fetch coffee all day DESERVES to file a lawsuit. Technically, it is illegal under the vague and not-regulated internship laws. You cannot assume contacts will be made. Next time, you should try to understand someone else's perspective. In doing so, you will learn a lot and seem less ignorant.
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