Stats on Internships

A recent article in the New York Times titled “Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges“, highlights some interesting statistics about internships in the United States:

  • Three-quarters of the 10M students in US 4 year colleges will work as interns at least once before graduating (College Employment Research Institute)
  • Between 1/3 and 1/2 of these interns get no compensation for their efforts (Intern Bridge)
  • Department of Labor says it is illegal to have Unpaid Interns unless:
    1) program is similar to vocational training
    2) Benefits the student
    3) Does not displace regular employee
    4) Does not entitle student to a job

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