All Work And No Pay : The Ethical, Economic And Social Debate On Unpaid Internships

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All Work and No Pay: The Ethical, Economic and Social Debate on Unpaid Internships

1. Introduction
Our present day job market has seen a marked increase in competition among college graduates. Over the past 40 years, we have seen a 20 percent increase in bachelor’s degrees in citizens over the age of 25 (“Fast Facts” 1). This increase in degree holders has exacerbated the competition of our job markets and has forced workers to seek a further competitive edge. According to an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an astonishing 95 percent of employers said relevant work experience is a major aspect in hiring decisions, and approximately half of the surveyed employers wanted the experience to come from internships (Hansen 1). Hence, many college students find themselves taking unpaid internships as resume boosters. Although these internship experiences are significant in providing college students with practical skills, their ethicality is highly questionable. Unpaid internships exploit interns, widen socioeconomic disparity, and offer little future benefit to interns. This paper will begin by framing the problem and highlighting the importance of this phenomenon. Following that, the multiple perspectives on this issue will be discussed and an analysis of the pros and cons of unpaid internships will unravel that unpaid internships are inherently flawed. Lastly, the paper will acknowledge that completely abolishing unpaid internships is an

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