First of all, if you want an intern, I strongly suggest paying for one. The laws are pretty strict in requiring pay for interns at for-profit companies. You can legally do it, but it will be easier and better for all concerned if you do pay–at least minimum wage.
But, that said, I wish the Department of Labor would loosen their rules to allow for more unpaid internships. And it’s not just that I want young people to suffer the way we suffered back in my day. (I did an internship for a state legislature and received a $300 stipend for the 45-day session, but the senator I worked for gave me a $100 bonus out of his own pocket.)
No, I’m no fan of suffering for suffering sake, but I am a fan of learning. This is why I like unpaid internships.
More available internships mean more possibilities
Yes, the best students will likely get the paid internships, but even mediocre students will benefit from any sort of internship.
To keep reading, click here: In Praise of Unpaid Internships