Internships Anya Kamenetz 2006 And Jennifer Halperin Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Teaching Type: Essay Paper: #20398762 Related Topics: Internships, Resume, Academia
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Anya Kamenetz (2006) and Jennifer Halperin (2010) take opposing views of the issue of unpaid internships. In their pieces, the discuss some of the same issues, but they also discuss different issues, and the two writers certainly come to different conclusions about the issue of unpaid internships. At the heart of the issue are unpaid, rather than paid, internships, because this is a rising trend in both business and academia to use student interns to perform work. The internship provides valuable experience to the student, but there is some criticism of the practice of not paying interns because they are providing their time and labor. This paper will discuss and dissect the points that each of these authors is making about unpaid internships.

The first point that is made is about fairness of the unpaid internship. Both authors agree that, in general, internships are a good thing for students. The internship provides the student with an opportunity to gain real world experience, something that not only enhances the student's abilities but also the quality of the student's resume as well. As both writers concede this point, the debate centers around the idea of not paying interns. Halperin, who appears to work as an internship counselor, notes that the experiences, and contacts that the students gain from their internships are the most valuable part of the internship experience. Having the opportunity to do real work in a real company in their chosen field has, in itself, significant value to the student. Pay, therefore, is not always an important factor. Halperin notes that many students willingly...


The first is that even if the students gain value from their experience they should still be paid. In particular, Kamenetz argues that there is a substantive difference between working for pay and working for free. As a result of this difference -- and she fails to adequately explain the nature of the difference -- the experience is simply not the same. Working for free does not, she argues, provide experience that is as good as advertised. Moreover, she argues that the student would be better working in a real world situation where he or she exchanged labor for wages, just like in the real world, and would learn more about hard work and the nature of working life through such experiences. Also, Kamenetz objects to the unpaid internship as something available mostly to those who can afford to work for free. While Halperin offers that some of her interns do take unpaid internships while juggling other studies and jobs, she does not note that such a practice is widespread.

Another point that Kamenetz makes is that unpaid internships represent a distortion in the labor market. These internships replace some workers, and drive down real wages. This disruption is not seen…

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Halperin, J. (2010). No pay? Many interns say 'no problem'. Daily Finance. Retrieved April 10, 2013 from

Kamenetz, A. (2006). Take this internship and shove it. New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2013 from

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