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122
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Introduce minimum wage-like laws to cover internship-incurred expenses

Internships are meant to be beneficial to one’s development through practical experience. Unpaid internships can threaten undergrads/grads’ access to these opportunities due to basic daily living expenses, especially those from humble backgrounds – and to exaggerate, it can result in further income disparity. Therefore, laws should be introduced to at least pay interns a minimum amount to cover such expenses. Read More →

70
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Unpaid Internship :- solutions should be offering entire expense during internship

AS per my view the real solutions could be :- If you are not paying for internship then you can offering entire expense during internship or partial pay for college/tuition fees and living cost expenses as well.Internship meaning you are giving training and development to the person and he/she will be working for you for 6 months or so …so basically you should compensate as per wage market. Read More →

50
votes

Unpaid intern solution.

A company or organizations policies, cannot be controlled, if they are legal. The best solution is to get educational settings to provide onsite learning experiences available in lieu of interning, or partner with certain companies or organizations that would be incentivized through new tax law benefits, to hire interns and also compensate them. Read More →

47
votes

University responsibility and Governement Rules

Universities should advise students and negotiate with companies since unpaid internships means the education provided has no value. Such negotiation would be beneficial to companies since universities have to provide quality students. Also, governments should implement minimum wages for internships in large companies. Read More →

46
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Turn internships into short-term contract jobs

Sometimes during an internship students do exactly the same job as full-time employees (sometimes even more). The term “internship” should be banished and replaced with “short-term position”, because that’s what it really is, and what companies expect from interns. If we do this, then companies would have to provide short term contracts and all that goes with it : minimum wage, medical care… Read More →

19
votes

Turn internships into apprenticeships

Implementing laws that force companies to be transparent when showing how many unpaid interns they have. Regulating how many unpaid interns are actually working for a company and initiating strong fines to deter from companies going over allowed numbers. Providing real work experience to interns and treating them more like apprentices; teaching them the skills they need to be successful in their futures. Read More →

11
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Bare Basics

To avoid students discrediting internships as a waste of time for no immediate money, companies should provide financial assistance based on the annual income of the company. This way, a student in search of financial aid will likely end up in a large company, which is where they will likely get the best work experience. Read More →

8
votes

Make unpaid internships illegal for companies with 10 employees or more

Some unpaid internships have a positive impact in smaller companies who can not afford to pay a full time wage but who can provide excellent hands on experience for students in a young startup. So by passing a law that makes unpaid internships illegal for companies with 10 employees or more we can eliminate the majority of employers exploiting students but also keep the advantages of unpaid internships as well. Read More →

7
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Interns deserve to be paid based on their performance

Interns performing duties should be paid according to how well they do their job. Many jobs pay according to the amount the employee sells or performs. This motivates the intern on knowing they will earn a paycheck based on her job performance. The executive of the company should then decide how much the intern gets paid. Many interns go unnoticed by the head of the company. This is a win win situation. Read More →

6
votes

Real World Learning Opportunity

Honestly, having students achieve unpaid internship with a professional has their advantages. Employees and mentors are being paid by doing their job. Their responsibility is to share their knowledge with you, but not to take advantage of you. Internships let you get a better view of learning what you want to do in the future. It is a real-world opportunity. Read More →

6
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Enforce tiered labor laws for internships & increase awareness of these laws

1) Make it compulsory by law for companies generating annual profit of more than $0.5 million/annum to pay their interns. 2)Smaller enterprises outside this category are exempted from this rule, but interns can only work a max of 25 hrs/wk to avoid exploitation of free labor; & allow interns to generate income in spare time. 3)Increase awareness of Read More →

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Motivate employers

Design a tax system that will motivate employers to pay interns. They will get a fund from the government if they do pay their interns. This will compensate for at last 20% of the costs and will lower the amount of unpaid internships. Read More →

5
votes

Government legislation

I believe the government should make it illegal for any large corporations to have unpaid interns working for them. To encourage this, the government should offer the corporations a tax break of 10%-15%. Read More →

3
votes

Integrating internships into credit requirement for highschools

My personal solution to creating unpaid internships legal is accounting internships as a credit in high school. The school department should integrate internships as a practice of study in school. It will give students an array of options if schools don’t offer specific programs, giving real-world experiences in career paths. Also, it can be counted as volunteer work for graduation requirements. Read More →

3
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Eliminate Unpaid Positions Along With a Minimum Wage

Many are unsatisfied with minimum wage because they feel that young workers are being exploited or that they are pushing out older workers as more cost effective positions as they are unpaid. If the minimum wage is eliminated the market will dictate how much any position could earn allowing interns to make money while all jobs earn the value of the service they provide. Read More →

2
votes

Reduced Tuition

A student could gain experience without the employer paying them and still have a benefit of a free class or a reduction of their tuition according to the amount of credit hours based on how many hours a week the student interns. Read More →

2
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PROVE IT OR LOSE IT

At the end of the unpaid internship, have a month trial, where the intern has to show that they are capable or gaining a job a the company, creating tasks every week, and if they meet a set of criteria (made either by the company or one set of criteria used for every unpaid internship), they get the job. Read More →

2
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Give and take.

An internship helps train the individual for future success, whether in the company offering the internship, or just in the field of study. To fix the unpaid programs problem, we enter into an agreement with the employer. If I, the student, complete your internship to predetermined standards, the employer agrees to pay for X number of hours of school. Read More →

2
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Graduates have information that companies should pay for!!

Unpaid internships should be limited work integrated learning for university courses, as early in one’s career, experience trumps all monetary value. Companies need to understand that graduates have gained immense amounts of information while studying; they have the ability to revolutionize the industry and therefore need to be paid. Unpaid internships are depicted as free labor!. Happy employees = increased productivity! Read More →

2
votes

federal or emplyor base program

I think that if there w a program that used government funds or company funds to cover intern food while at work and fuel to travel to and from work would help interns without pay .maybe even help with living cost. Read More →

2
votes

Laissez-faire

Start giving out benefits and programs to the people in the internships that are worth some type of substantial gain besides experience. In a sense there almost student athletes because these people will work for other companies but we need to allow them to portray their ideas. Read More →

2
votes

An Internship Commitment

Interns are paid from the beginning but commit to staying with the chosen company for 2-3 years. Companies don’t want to train an intern and then have them leave right away, and interns want to be paid. We can also provide more legislation to companies being unfairly selective about which interns they hire. Read More →

2
votes

Engage local communities

I think it is important to engage local communities on the importance of giving back. If we all work towards helping each others children and make our Cities more inclusive we will be able to encourage more paid internships. I am helping to start a Association that will lead us down this path, MACC, Markham Association for Community Champions and shall be campaigning for business to offer our youth paid internships. Read More →

1
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Work for Free?

Companies should not be allowed to offer free internships. As a country we try to teach our youth and kids that nothing is free. However, large companies turn around and use new graduates in this manner. I think that companies should offer internships that pay but then use that pay as a tax write off. This will help both sides of the agreement. I think this is a great solution to the ongoing problem in large corporations. Read More →

1
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Advice on unpaid work experience

Everyone has a choice and if the balance between valuable work experience tips into exploitation then it is up to you to decide whether to continue or not Read More →

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Tax Write-Offs

A great solution to this arising unpaid internship problem is to encourage employers to pay their interns at least the amount required to cover living expenses for a set amount of time. In return, employers will be able to write off the payments on their tax returns. The set length of time in which the employer will pay their interns is based upon an initial agreement between the employer and intern. After the set time is Read More →

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Tax Write-Offs

After the set time is up, the employer will decide to hire the intern or let him/her go. This allows the intern to afford basic living needs while also gaining experience within their field of choice and leaves them with the opportunity to go full-time or part-time in the end, as long as the intern is the right fit for the position. Read More →

1
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End Internships

In my opinion the whole idea of internships make no sense. The people who can take advantage of them have families that can support them. Those who don’t have that must work second jobs which stops them from participating in after hours events, so they remain behind the 8 ball. Read More →

1
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people should do best allah will definitely help them in getting another paid internship

You’ve just found the perfect internship that you know will provide just the right experience that you need to get a job in your chosen field after graduation. You have a place to stay and the internship offers a chance to get hands-on experience working with some very knowledgeable and well-respected professionals in the field. It all sounds perfect except for one thing, the internship listing you found says that the internsh Read More →

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Tax Breaks

Employers should get substantial tax breaks for providing internships, this way they still get the reduced cost of labor, but students are not burdened with the struggles of unpaid work. Read More →