Unpaid Internships: Equal Opportunities? Open Access
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Each summer Washington DC is taken over by interns, the majority of whom are unpaid students looking to gain valuable experience on Capitol Hill, a Federal Agency, or one of the many nonprofits and businesses in the area. Some are willing to forgo payment for their work and often go into debt to be able to put that experience on their resume. In October of this year, the George Washington University hosted a conference concerning the regulation of unpaid internships in the context of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Is it illegal, immoral, neither, or both to employ interns without paying them?