unpaid internships are illegal and every company with an unpaid internship program should be sued into bankruptcy
god yes. people do not understand that when they take unpaid internships, they are punishing those with less economic privilege. because only people in good fiscal standing can afford to take on unpaid work.
if people want to break this cycle, we need to stop accepting that working for free is just what we have to do. we need to say no to these ‘opportunities.’
It’s even more ridiculous when you consider that the whole reason people claim unpaid internships are worth taking is because they can lead to paid positions but, in reality, those with unpaid internships on their resumes only get job offers at not even a 2% higher rate than those who don’t have ANY internship experience at all (paid or unpaid).
And only about 37% of people who actually take unpaid internships eventually end up receiving job offers later. Compared to the 67% of people who receive job offers after completing a PAID internship.
Yes x 1 million
….I should quit my internship.