Internships: Are You Just Working for Free?
After a class-action lawsuit filed by two underpaid interns, Conde Nast closed its doors to internships altogether.
With a subject as touchy as internships as of late, it is important to state that fact that unpaid internships are, in fact, illegal, if and when Fair Labor Standards Act regulations are not met.
With that, if and and when internships do qualify as paid jobs, said interns must be paid- at the very least- the federal minimum wage for the services provided within a "for-profit" or private sector, as well as paid for overtime work.
It is discerning to shine light on the fact that hardly any internships abide by these rules, which is why Conde Nast was, indeed, sued. The former interns had been paid less than $1.00 per hour throughout their time at the multi-magazine powerhouse, and they weren't the only ones filing lawsuits.
A former Harper's Bazaar intern sued Hearst Corporation in 2012 for being forced to work so much as 55 hours weekly without any pay whatsoever. In June, another unpaid intern won his lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures for the production of 2010 box office hit, "Black Swan."
The bottom line is the bubbling question: are unpaid internships truly worth it?
Some which do abide by proper rules and regulations, as well as providing college credit, are seen as résumé-worthy experiences that will, in fact, push your way to the degree you're seeking, as well as the career if you work well-- not to be confused with too hard or long of hours.
Companies as corporate as Conde Nast have no reason not to pay their hardworking interns, and for that, they deserve the forthcoming punishment. To cut the intern program altogether, though, provides nothing but a bad taste for a sour, sorry attitude.