A Selection of Recent Press on Unpaid Internships:

“The former interns battling to change the culture of US work”, by Kim Gittleson, BBC News, 5 December 2013.

“Unpaid Internships Are About Exploitation, Not Helping The Jobless”, by Ethan Gach, Ordinary Times, 5 December 2013.

“Two Cheers for Unpaid Internships”, by Matthew Yglesias, Slate, 4 December 2013.

“Why Unpaid Internships Negatively Impact Women”, by Ashley Mosley, The Huffington Post, 3 December 2013.

“Work for Obama grassroots organization…for free”, by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller, 3 December 2013.

“‘Sleep No More’ Internship Post Flouts Fair Wage Laws: Unpaid Laborers Asked To Work 10-Hour Days”, by Christopher Zara, International Business Times, 3 December 2013.

“Should interns be paid?”The Himalayan Times, 3 December 2013.

“Unpaid Internships and the Poor”, by Matt Bruenig, Demos, 3 December 2013.

“Exploiters and Hypocrites Exposed: ‘Progressive’ Media Outlets Paying Interns Little or Nothing for Months of Work”, by Tim Graham, NewsBusters, 2 December 2013.

“The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media”, by Charles Davis, Vice, 2 December 2013.

“Should the Supreme Court Have Unpaid Interns?”, by Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News, 25 November 2013.

“Overlook the Value of Interns at Great Peril”, by David Carr, The New York Times, 24 November 2013.

“Interns: all work, no pay”, article by Tanya de Grunwald and interviews of interns by Kieran Yates and Erica Burst, The Guardian, 22 November 2013.

“Merrill Lynch intern died from epilepsy, inquest hears”, BBC News, 22 November 2013.

“Condé Nast intern: ‘I cried myself to sleep’”, by Dana Schuster and Kirsten Fleming, New York Post, 21 November 2013.

“How I Went From Unpaid Intern to Intern Organizer — and How You Can Fight Back Too”, by Dedunu Suraweera, PolicyMic, 18 November 2013. [Dedunu is an ILR member!]

“The unpaid internship for credit must end”, by Malcolm Harris, Al Jazeera America, 14 November 2013.

“How Washington Abandoned America’s Unpaid Interns”, by Stephen Lurie, The Atlantic, 4 November 2013.

“Surprise! Harvard economist gets everything wrong about unpaid internships”, by Patrick St. John, For Student Power, 3 November 2013.

“Don’t Work So Hard, Employers Tell Interns”, by Alan Farnham, ABC News, 3 November 2013.

“The Weird Legacy Of Condé Nast’s Unpaid Interns”, by Myles Tanzer, BuzzFeed, 1 November 2013.

“Q&A: David Yamada on Condé Nast and Intern Rights”, interview with David Yamada by Casey McDermott, ProPublica, 25 October 2013.

“Condé Nast’s Unpaid Internships Are No Surprise To Me”, by Natalia Vigil, PolicyMic, 25 October 2013.

“The Death of the Unpaid Internship Is Good for Everyone”, by Tom Hawking, Flavorwire, 24 October 2013.

“The End of Interns”, by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones, The Awl, 24 October 2013.

“Advocates For Paid Internships Say Condé Nast Just Proved Their Point”, by Evan McMorris-Santoro, BuzzFeed, 23 October 2013. [ILR member Eric Glatt is quoted!]

“Condé Nast Discontinuing Internship Program”, by Erik Maza, Women’s Wear Daily, 23 October 2013.

“No pay please, we’re Columbian”, by Peter Sterne, Columbia Daily Spectator, 22 October 2013.

“New Bill Would Outlaw Discrimination Against Unpaid Interns”, by Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal, 18 October 2013.

“Little-noticed shutdown effect: Government being staffed by unpaid interns”, by Keenan Steiner, Salon, 8 October 2013.

“Tracking Intern Lawsuits” by Stephen Suen and Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica, June 25, 2013. [Updated October 8, 2013.]

“Unpaid intern cannot bring sexual harassment claim under NYC human rights law, judge rules” by David Yamada, Minding the Workplace, October 5, 2013.

“Offers Students Internships with Prestige, But No Paycheck” by Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica, October 1, 2013.

“Museum services suffer as unpaid volunteers and interns replace staff”, by Elizabeth Hunt, ArtsProfessional, 1 October 2013.

“Revealed: The Insiders Whose Kids Got White House Internships” by Julia Fisher, The New Republic, September 24, 2013.

“Bill de Blasio Won’t Be Paying His Graphic Design Interns” by Zach Schonfeld, The Atlantic Wire, September 19, 2013.

“Why I sued Hollywood on behalf of unpaid interns everywhere” by Eric Glatt, Quartz, September 13, 2013.

“Unpaid Internships Must Be Destroyed” by Matt Bors, Medium, September 4, 2013.

“Working for Nothing” by Juliet Lapidos, The New York Times, August 25, 2013.

“Notes from the Unpaid Intern Underground” by Zach Schonfeld, The Atlantic Wire, August 16, 2013. [Coverage of an ILR event!]

“Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org won’t be hiring an unpaid intern after all” by Jena McGregor, The Washington Post, August 16, 2013.

“Sandberg’s Lean In Called For an Unpaid Intern – And That’s Apparently Legal” by Blair Hickman, ProPublica, August 15, 2013.

“Revealed: Sheryl Sandberg’s Unpaid Intern Disgrace” by Sam Biddle, Gawker, August 14, 2013.

“How Unpaid Interns Aren’t Protected Against Sexual Harassment” by Blair Hickman and Christie Thompson, ProPublica, August 9, 2013.

“Nation Institute to Pay Interns Minimum Wage” by Blair Hickman, ProPublica, August 2, 2013.

“‘Nation’ interns write letter to the editor requesting better pay” by Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC, August 1, 2013.

“Alexander McQueen’s Unpaid Internship Provokes Angry Students’ Letter” by Lucy Sherriff, The Huffington Post, August 1, 2013.

“Yes, Let’s Diversify Journalism” by former interns at The Nation (letter to the editor), The Nation, August 1, 2013.

“Unpaid Interns: Silent No More” by Ross Perlin, The New York Times, July 20, 2013.

“Brussels interns to ‘strike’ Wednesday” by Andy Carling, New Europe, July 15, 2013.

“To Cope with Sequester, Justice Department Staffs Unpaid Attorneys” by Christie Thompson, ProPublica, June 28, 2013.

“Unpaid Internships” by Matthew A. Feigin (letter to the editor), The New York Times, June 19, 2013.

Unpaid Interns Fight Back,” by Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic, June 17, 2013

“When Is It OK to Not Pay an Intern?” by Blair Hickman and Christie Thompson, ProPublica, June 14, 2013.

VIDEO: Chris Hayes show: Discussion about Fox Searchlight case, MSNBC, June 14, 2013

VIDEO: Inside Story Americas: Roundtable about Fox Searchlight case outcome (starts at 6:33 min.), Al Jazeera, June 14, 2013

“Condé Nast Faces Suit From Interns Over Wages,” by Christine Haughney, The New York Times, June 13, 2013

“Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox,” by Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 2013

“Judge Rules That Movie Studio Should Have Been Paying Interns,” by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, June 11, 2013

“Unpaid interns win lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures,” by David Yamada, Minding the Workplace, June 11, 2013

“Interns Win Key Ruling Against Fox Searchlight In ‘Black Swan’ Lawsuit; Studio Says It Will Seek Reversal,” by Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood, June 11, 2013

“Unpaid Interns Win Major Ruling in ‘Black Swan’ Case — Now What?,” by Blair Hickman and Jeremy B. Merrill, ProPublica, June 12, 2013
“Fox Searchlight loses key ruling in intern labor lawsuit,” by Daniel Miller, The Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2013

“The ‘Black Swan’ Intern Ruling Could Change Unpaid Internships Forever,” by Rebecca Greenfield, The Atlantic Wire, June 12, 2013

“Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling,” by Sam Hananel, Associated Press U.S. News and World Report, June 13, 2013

“Black Swan Event: The Beginning of the End of Unpaid Internships,” by Ross Perlin, Time Magazine, June 13, 3013

“Unpaid Internship, Low-Paid, Unpaid or Just Plain Illegal?”, NPR, May 18th, 2013

“Unpaid’ Intern Pay Suits On the Rise”, Forbes, February 14th, 2013

“Will Lawsuits Prompt Media Companies to Pay Student Interns?”, PBS MediaShift, February 13th, 2013

“Unpaid Internships Are a Rich-Girl Problem—and Also a Real Problem The Atlantic, February 13, 2013

“Swag Bag Message To NY Fashion Week Attendees: “Pay Your Interns” The New Workplace Institute Blog, February 12th, 2013

“Mariotti: Interns Should Get Paid, Not Receive College Credit for Work”, The Daily Orange (Syracuse University), February 10, 2013

“London Fashion Week Demonstration Will Highlight Plight of Industry’s Unpaid Interns”, Guardian (UK), February 9th, 2013

“Australian Government Scrutinizes Internships, Other Unpaid Labor”, MSNBC, February 8th, 2013

“The Devil Pays Nada”: Occupy Wall Street Protests Intern Abuse in Fashion”, ArtInfo, February 7th, 2013

“The Age of the Permanent Intern”, Washingtonian, February 6th, 2013

“Occupy Wall Street Takes on Unpaid Internships, Will Protest at NYFW”, Fashionista, February 1st, 2013

“All Work, No Pay: Seeking Justice For Unpaid Interns, One Lawsuit At A Time”, International Business Times, February 1st, 2013

“Occupy Movement To Protest Unpaid Internships At Fashion Week” by Amy Odell, BuzzFeed, January 31, 2013. [Piece is about ILR!]

“The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy” New York Times, January 26th, 2013

“Internships Don’t Need to Pay, As Long as You’re Rich,” Gawker, January 8th, 2013

“Steve Cohen: Minimum Wage for Interns? It Misses the Point,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7th, 2013

“Are Interns the New Housewives?” Jezebel, January 6th, 2013

Youth and Work, January 3rd, 2013

“Opportunity Costs: The True Price of Internships,” Dissent, Winter 2013 [ILR is quoted!]

“‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns’ Lawsuit,” New York Times, December 20th, 2012

“Help Desk: Internship Woes,” Daily Serving, December 17th, 2012

“Work for Free or You’re Fired! What a Terrible Job Posting Tells Us About Modern Work,” Alternet, December 13th, 2012

“Senator Menendez intern arrested, was illegal immigrant and registered sex offender, report says,” CBS News, December 12, 2012

“Agency Rebuked for Use of Interns,” The Columbus Dispatch, December 9th, 2012

“Parliament Acts to End Unpaid Internships,” Intern Aware, December 4th, 2012

“Young, Educated, and Jobless in France,” The New York Times, December 2nd, 2012

“Revealed: Class Divide at the Heart of Unpaid Internships,” The Guardian, December 1st, 2012

“NBC News to Pay Its Interns,” Maynard Institute, November 26th, 2012

“Sexually Harassed Interns Often Feel they have Nowhere to Turn,” Chicago Tribune, November 25th, 2012

“Interns Unite! (You have nothing to lose- literally),Briarpatch Magazine, November 9th, 2012 [ILR is quoted!]

“Tony Blair’s Office Could Face Investigation Over use of Unpaid Interns,” The Guardian, October 31st, 2012

“The Work Experience Exploits Interns’ Real Desperations,” The Guardian, October 25th, 2012

“Unpaid Internships Still Worth the Time,” The Times-Delphic, October 4th, 2012

Leading the Way: Arts Council England Launches Paid Internship Program!Hyperallergic, September 18, 2012

“Seeking Chic, Brilliant Intern to Thread Needles (No Pay),” New York Times, September 15, 2012

” A Fair Day’s Pay for a Fair Day’s Work,” Huffington Post (UK), September 14th, 2012

“Foxconn Denies Exploiting Student Interns,” Tech News World (also found in NY Times), September 12th, 2012

“The Norma Rae of Fashion Interns,” New York Mag, September 11th, 2012

Unpaid internships in the arts: why nothing really does come for free,” The Guardian, September 11, 2012

Illegal Interns,” OtherWords, September 10, 2012

“The New Normal” The Hoya (Georgetown University), August 31st, 2012

“Are Creative Careers Now Reserved Exclusively for the Privileged? Forbes, August 31st, 2012

Study: Unpaid internships lead to fewer job offers than paid internships,” Red and Black, August 24, 2012

“‘Black Swan’ Intern Lawsuit Proceeds, Striking Blow Against Unpaid Labor In Film,” The Huffington Post, August 24, 2012

Fox Intern Lawsuit Could Mean ‘Swan’ Song For Unpaid Labor In Glamour Industries,” International Business Times, August 14, 2012

Black Swan interns to sue Twentieth Century Fox,” The Guardian, August 14, 2012

Fox’s Entire Internship Program Now Under Legal Attack,” The Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2012

It’s Just Business: How Corporate America Made Slaves of the Young,” TruthDig, August 9, 2012

All work and no pay?The Economist, August 4, 2012

Advert for unpaid UCL research role withdrawn,” Times Higher Education, August 3, 2012

“Unpaid research internships reveal a dangerous hypocrisy in academia,” The Guardian, August 2, 2012

Intern Life,” The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, August 2012

Judge Grants Class-Action Status in Hearst Unpaid Intern Case,” The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2012

Graduate sues Government over ‘slave labour’ schemes,” The Independent, June 27, 2012

Sure, I’ll Work for Free,Columbia Daily Spectator, June 14, 2012

Interns’ file suit against unpaid labor,” The Militant, June 4, 2012

This Article May Be Illegal“, by Ben Weitzenkorn, The New York Observer, 1 June 2012. [ILR member Eric Glatt is quoted!]

The Ethics and Legality Of Internships“, hosted by Kathryn Barnes, WERS 88.9 Boston, 27 May 2012.

Sunday Dialogue: The Value of InternshipsThe New York Times, 19 May 2012.

Invitation to a Dialogue: Unpaid Internships“, by Ilene Starger (letter to the editor), The New York Times, 15 May 2012.

Work Is Work: Why Free Internships Are Immoral“, by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 14 May 2012.

Unpaid Internships: Bad for Students, Bad for Workers, Bad for Society“, The Atlantic, 10 May 2012.

In Defense of Unpaid Internships“, The Atlantic, 10 May 2012.

The Uses and Misuses of Unpaid Internships“, by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, 7 May 2012.

Jobs Few, Grads Flock to Unpaid Internships“, by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, 5 May 2012.

The Beginning of the End of the Unpaid Internship“, by Josh Sanburn, Time, 2 May 2012.

Occupy Internships: A Conversation with Ross Perlin on Under Employment and the Student Debt Crisis“, Ross Perlin interviewed by Francesca Rheannon, CSRwire, 2 May 2012.

The Youth Vote in 2012: Student Debt, Internships and the Sound of Crickets The New Student Union, 18 April 2012. [Link is currently broken.]

Fair Pay For All Work: Why unpaid internships are a feminist concern“, by Madeleine M. Schwartz, The Harvard Crimson, 6 April 2012.

How Congress Gets Away with Not Paying its Interns“, by Rebecca Greenfield, The Atlantic Wire (now The Wire), 6 April 2012.

The Intern’s Burden“, survey by New York Magazine interns, New York Magazine, 25 March 2012.

Do Unpaid Internships Exploit College Students?“, The New York Times, 4 February 2012. [NYT Room for Debate feature on unpaid internships.]

Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges“, by Ross Perlin, The New York Times, 2 April 2011.

Unpaid internships gain popularity among the jobless“, by Alana Semuels, The Lost Angeles Times, 14 March 2011.

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