Lynn Miller is the CEO of 4GreenPs, a Washington, D.C.-based marketing firm for green businesses. This opening passage is excerpted (with permission) from an April 3 post she wrote on her company blog. Like all opinion pieces we feature, it does not necessarily represent the views of Internships.com or its affiliates.
By Lynn Miller
There’s a debate raging in companies throughout the U.S. To pay or not to pay – that is the question.
Unpaid internships – for college credit – are a longstanding tradition in this country. But somewhere, somehow, the college credits disappeared from many internship agreements, and cold, hard cash never took its place.
Businesses desperately trying to grow in these tough times have found a ready and willing crop of students and recent college grads, begging to work – unpaid.
“Somewhere, somehow, the college credits disappeared from many internship agreements, and cold, hard cash never took its place.”
In the “sustainability sector,” it’s a perfect storm. The struggling “new green economy,” and a surge of interest among college students in anything smacking of social enterprise, sustainability, green business and corporate social responsibility led to a situation where it became commonplace for green businesses to openly advertise unpaid internships. It was a win-win … or so we thought.
Read the full post on 4GreenPs’ blog. >>>