Though some signs point to a slightly improving labor market, many employers have been very reluctant to expand their payrolls during the long climb out of the Great Recession. The result? Today’s graduating classes are becoming very familiar with the phrase “unpaid internship” — and not everyone feels the same way about it.
Is the explosion of unpaid internships an opportunity, exploitation or a little of both? Today we present two (somewhat) opposing viewpoints on the matter.
- Dallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur and media mogul Mark Cuban lashes out at the government’s attempts to regulate unpaid internships in this blog post from 2009.
- Small business owner Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises, a Connecticut business management service, suggests employers can help the economy, a frustrated generation, and even Egypt by doing whatever it takes to hire one extra paid intern.
Do you think it’s fair for employers to hire unpaid interns? Leave a comment below.