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Clark Howard: Internships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People who are unemployed have a 25-percent better chance of getting hired if they do volunteer work. Consumer Advisor Clark Howard tells you why working for free really pays off.

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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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