October 29, 2013 at 7pm | Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York (map)
In summer 2013, a federal court ruled for the first time that unpaid interns were employees who were due back pay. The ruling came down amidst a rising tide of lawsuits regarding internships, and alongside an expanding international movement against un/underpaid, precarious labor performed under the guise of internships.
With the status quo of internships interrupted, what are the implications for the non-profit, arts, and government sectors — which often rely on unpaid labor to make the most of dwindling donations and public funding? What is the relation of volunteering to unpaid internships? What is the appropriate role of universities, which often act as gatekeepers for internships by offering access to their student bodies and providing academic credit without clear standards? Have internships served to stifle diversity by limiting opportunities only to those who can afford to work for free? What have been the effects of this practice on the labor market for young adults?
Intern Labor Rights organized a panel discussion the examined the future of internships as it’s forced to find new footing upon less than certain ground.