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Unpaid internships give college students and recent graduates the ability to gain work experience ahead of their job search, but critics say they're really just slave labor. Many argue unpaid internships are inherently classist because poor students can't afford to work for free. But others insist many companies and organizations just can't afford to pay their interns, and an unpaid position that gives a young professional the opportunity to learn is better than nothing. What do you think?

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Asking someone to work for free in the name of "gaining experience" doesn't make it okay. There are many large companies that don't pay their interns when they can clearly afford to. Why have we normalized the idea that students should have to work for free throughout college if they want a job once they graduate? 

Liz Wessel argues in The Hill that unpaid internships are inherently classist because only rich kids can afford to work for free. So not only do we have a system that excuses slave labor, we're also shutting out students who literally can't afford to work for free.

Sixty-eight hundred dollars: That’s how much it costs one college student to take an unpaid internship over the summer.
How can we expect college students, who are already battling the highest tuition fees in decades, and on average face more than $37,172 in student debt, to be able to spend that amount of money? The notion that students should have to forgo pay and incur additional debt to gain work experience is ludicrous.
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But many have come to the defense of unpaid internships, including former unpaid interns. Many organizations actually can't afford to pay their interns, like smaller non-profits. Should students not be allowed to gain experience at a non-profit they're passionate about even if they're willing to work for free? 

Right now, there are both paid and unpaid internships, meaning students can decide whether an experience is worth having even if it means zero financial compensation. If you don't want an unpaid internship, then don't take one!

As Zak Slayback argues in Medium:

From my own experience, being an unpaid intern and working with unpaid interns have been immensely valuable and pleasurable experiences. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for my unpaid internships—I got a lot more value from the work experience, the connections, the social capital, and the skills picked up than I got from the fancy research fellowship I had in college one summer or the paid internship I had after graduating from high school.
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FINAL RESULTS
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Should unpaid internships be illegal?
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#PayYourInterns
#GetTheExperience