Monthly Archives: October 2013

Will Work For Free: Breaking Down the Intern Economy | PANEL DISCUSSION

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.

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Intern Labor Rights to Meet Sunday, October 13

Intern Labor Rights will meet next on Sunday, October 13 at 5:30pm. Please join us! We will meet at our usual spot at the storefront space of the Goethe Institut’s Wyoming Building (5 East 3rd Street, just off the corner of East 3rd and the Bowery – NOTE: This is not the main Goethe Institut building).

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We welcome anyone interested in raising awareness on the plight of unpaid internships to join us!

For questions please email us at intern.labor.rights@gmail.com. See you on Sunday!

(If you fancy the t-shirt in this image, you can have one by clicking here!)

Next meeting: Sunday, October 6 at 5:30pm

Intern Labor Rights will meet next on Sunday, October 6 at 5:30pm. Please join us! We will meet at our (mostly) usual spot at the storefront space of the Goethe Institut’s Wyoming Building (5 East 3rd Street, just off the corner of East 3rd and the Bowery – NOTE: This is not the main Goethe Institut building).

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We welcome anyone interested in raising awareness on the plight of unpaid internships to join us!

For questions please email us at intern.labor.rights@gmail.com. See you on Sunday!

(If you fancy the t-shirt in this image, you can have one by clicking here!)