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Breakfast Debate: Should more companies hire paid interns?

February 10, 2011

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.

Mark Cuban%2C Web 2.0 Conference Breakfast Debate: Should more companies hire paid interns?

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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.

Do you think it’s fair for employers to hire unpaid interns? Leave a comment below.