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Do you have a solution to fix Unpaid Internships?

  • The winner will be chosen from the Top 5 Voted entries
  • Closing date – 10th Dec 2016. Winner announced 30th Dec 2016
  • It can be anything: Government Legislation, University Rules etc.
  • It must be 60 words or less (3 submission limit)
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42
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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 →

41
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Unemployment and unpaid internships work hand in hand

Since the United States have been suffering from high levels of job loss and the federal government should work reduce the financial burden of unpaid internships and give incentives to companies that have payed internships, thus both unemployment and unpaid internships shall decrease. Read More →

27
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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 →

25
votes

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 →

24
votes

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

Based on my personal experience, not paying students is not beneficial to companies in the long term. Indeed, an unpaid intern won’t do too much effort and won’t go the extra mile. Paying well gives motivation. Therefore, to help companies, there should be a minimum wage for students. It would definitely increase productivity and interns’ satisfaction. Read More →

22
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 →

21
votes

Respect students & Fines

Not paying students for their work, even if they have no experience, is a very bad signal sent to the youth. It means companies have no respect for students and take them for unexpensive labor force. Governments should set fine for companies who do not respect their young workers, just like there are fines for companies which do not employed disabled people in some countries. Read More →

21
votes

Build Bridges between Education and the Work Place

The solution is not banning internships, instead we need to build better bridges between education and the workplace. Employers should offer the potential for interns to be hired full time. Or, they should provide networking opportunities in exchange for their hard work. Employers should also be flexible with schedules and understand the importance of a work/life balance. Read More →

16
votes

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 →

13
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The Solution to Unpaid Interships: Short Term Contracts

Companies should employ young ‘interns’ on regular short fixed term contracts in order to compensate for the dedication displayed by their efforts. Employers are rewarded by getting a gander into the incoming workforce, as well as receiving hard working individuals looking to prove themselves. Young ‘interns will benefit through receiving a wage for their efforts and by gaining valuable work experience. Read More →

11
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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 →

11
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Intern Unions

The best solution would be to establish intern unions functioning as a labor unions. It will give interns bargaining power on wages, and force employers to pay wages (maybe minimum wage) as a compensation for the time and effort they dedicate. Read More →

9
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 →

9
votes

Internship for Academic Credit

Unpaid internships should count for academic credit to promote the opportunity for students to obtain a college education. Students receive work experience which assists in earning a bachelor’s degree without having to pay college tuition, corporations benefit from the ability to hire experienced interns with a college degree, and educational institutions benefit by having a higher percentage of students graduating. Read More →

8
votes

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 →

8
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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 →

7
votes

Labor Rights – Legislate

Add a specific section into our documented labor rights, including that internships should also abide by the minimum wage. Read More →

7
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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 →

7
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Enforce legislation already in place; support alternatives

According to the U.S. Wage and Hour Division, the employer must not derive any immediate advantage from the activities of an unpaid intern. Therefore, any employer directly benefiting from an intern’s work should be required to be pay the intern at least minimum wage, and employers should receive financial incentives for paid internships and university co-op programs. Read More →

6
votes

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 →

6
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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 →

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 →

5
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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
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Investing in your Future

Companies should focus on interns for what they are: students. In most cases, interns are recent graduates or current students, often facing student debt. Internships should be a supplement for education as real world experience and provide funding for education as an investment program in the student’s future. These programs would need to be enacted by university and corporation partnerships. Read More →

5
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Make a check field on Job posting sites

Especially graduate internship jobs ads must fulfill the paid criteria.Even if it’s a little sum of money at the very least it should cover transport expenses. Read More →

5
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 →

5
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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 →

5
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Company/Government Internship Funding

I propose that the company willing to hire an intern begin an Internship Fund, a small biweekly contribution dedicated towards future short term internships. This company employees’ contribution would be ideally matched or financially supported by the government, thus providing the interns with a source of income and not draining on unemployment while completing their internship. Read More →

4
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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 →

4
votes

Government regulations and legislation

Unpaid internships may be great for the experience that they may give the person involved, but on the other hand it may also hinder there experience but not shadowing the right person. They may be more of a personal assistant with coffee and paperwork, then actually learning the job needed. I believe more of a description should be involved in it, and everybody deserves to be paid for it. Read More →

4
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A schedule per company.

To fix the dilemma of unpaid internships companies should create a schedule that shows exactly how many people this company is hiring, and how many of these workers are doing an unpaid internship.According to its size and to the number of employees, a given company will have an authorized amount of people that could do some free work experience (hours should also be regulated in order to avoid abuse). Read More →

4
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Transparency – Make Things More Clear

New laws should be made to make sure that organizations looking for interns clearly outline the terms of said placement. This includes, the length of internship, what skills will be taught, and if there will be compensation if he/she is deemed an employee. This should be similar to how a contract works, so that the intern knows what to expect. Read More →

4
votes

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 →

4
votes

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 →

4
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 →

4
votes

Work In Return For Textbooks

In order to solve disinterest in unpaid internships companies could offer interns the option to work a certain amount of time in return for textbook rental reimbursements. Textbook rentals can be very costly for college students on top of their normal tuition and housing fees. This would draw in more students to participate in unpaid internships. Read More →

4
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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 →

3
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Work Hard and Receive Full Time Job

One way that companies could solve students disinterest in unpaid internships is to introduce an incentive. Companies could offer an unpaid internship for a certain time period and then tell the student that at the end of the time period they will be reviewed for a potential full time job. Read More →

3
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Pay for all expenses while requiring interns to recruit for the internship

Quicken Loans previous interns recruit new interns on my campus. The recruitment process is easy because the recruiter usually has great comments about Quicken Loans. Quicken Loans pays their interns well. This causes recruiters to comment positively. In return, Quicken Loans receives more, better applicants. Companies should pay for intern’s expenses so they can recruit more, better internship applicants. Read More →

3
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Negotiate An Agreement

Organizations that seek interns should ensure that the terms of agreement are given to the intern in advance and have a meeting were they can discuss about the terms. Also requiring both the employer and the intern to sign off on the term. This provides a documentation of the agreement and helps if there are any conflicts. Read More →

3
votes

Work Hard In Return For Credit Hours

Many college students are seeking unpaid internships in order to gain real world work experience. In return for working for free, the companies hosting the internship could make an agreement with the universities to reward the students with credit hours. This would help students want to partake in unpaid internships because they are still being rewarded for their work. Read More →

3
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 →

3
votes

Unpaid is convertible to paid internship

Looking at the family background, the attitude,the potential of the intern and the duration of the internship a company can give him or her a helping hand so that they might succeed in their future career. Read More →

3
votes

Keep it!!

There is one easy solution to unpaid internship… Keep it! I know this sounds crazy but stay with me here. If you keep unpaid internship companies would still be happy, but make it so that if they were to have it, they would owe the government lots of money, way more then they would actually pay the intern. Read More →

3
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Negotiate for an agreement

Many internships are unpaid and interns should be able to negotiate an agreement with an organization, whether it be partial compensation for unpaid internship or have paid internship. Both parties can meet were they can discuss about the terms, and upon agreement requires both of them to sign off on the agreement. This also provides a documentation of the agreement. Read More →

3
votes

Restructuring Unpaid Internships to Training Programs

In addition to limiting unpaid internships to 6 months terms, they should become training for actual job positions. Interns would be guaranteed a position at the company/organization they intern at after their 6 months of unpaid work. This benefits students enormously as they have a guaranteed job and businesses/organizations can streamline their hiring process and cut down on the costs of training new personnel. Read More →

3
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 →

3
votes

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 →

2
votes

Tax Breaks

Give the companies a tax break… Then they would have a little extra money left in the bank. Now place the law to abolish unpaid internships in. The companies would be okay with this because it’s a compromise between the government and the company. Also, if you were paying the intern, you would be more inclined to train them properly. Read More →

2
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Evaluateing Interns

evaluate each candidate, if he\she did a great work coming on time, learn and adopt quickly, have a great attitude, and make a good progress, than they will deserve the paid internship. This way candidates will be encouraged and motivated to do their best all the time and that will benefit all sides. Read More →

2
votes

It’s a Part of Learning and Less is Really More

Internships are to provide experience and should be completed while in school for class credit. Also, internships provide amazing opportunities to create connections and make good impressions. With experience and good connections and recommendations, you can find a paying job after graduation. Government intervention in corporate pay structure rarely works well. Therefore we need less government intervention. Read More →

2
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A reward based system…

Here’s the solution: incentives. Interns should not be paid for the generic “work” that they do, instead be rewarded in some manner for exceptional work or working overtime. Therefore there is opportunity for interns to earn money or benefits without being paid as an hourly employee. Therefore they stay motivated to work hard and off their company’s payroll. Read More →

2
votes

Great letter of recommendation and references

I feel the best solution for unpaidinternships is to provide bboth the student and company with an even compromise. The student is getting valuable training and experience that is pricless. The student also needs to be rewarded for his or her high efforts. It should be discussed that if the student is a fast learner he or she will get a letter of recommendation written on their behalf and several references to use for employme Read More →

2
votes

Compensate Full-Time University Students

Those who serve as both interns and full-time university students will be compensated $500.00 a semester. These funds will be distributed upon proof of full-time re-enrollment and administered towards tuition education costs. Read More →

2
votes

Reimbursements for Internships?!

Most people who are approaching internships are students. With this being said, they are in debt. Internships are for learning, but why not give those who are participating in these internships and reimburse them with scholarships from the company. Scholarships will help the students with furthering their education! Read More →

2
votes

We want value for (no) money!

The problem with unpaid internships is that they are often abused. Many upaid interns would work for free if they were gaining valuable skills or if the internship were likely to lead to a permanent position. However, if an intern’s main responsibility is to make coffee runs, that intern is not gaining anything. Employers need to treat interns the same as paid employees. Read More →

2
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Give and Take: Companies’ Investment in Interns will Benefit Everyone

Legislation should be in place that monitors the job experience companies are giving their interns. Interns should get real world experience that’s applicable to future careers; in return companies will have more job candidates with better skills. Companies should reward interns with exceptional talent with a scholarship. This provides interns with more motivation, thus providing companies with harder working interns. Read More →

2
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Write a petition to help get companies to put towards students college tuition.

Internships are a great experience for students to get to work hands on in there field of choice. It’s also a great way to network so as soon as you are finished school you’re able to get a job faster. But that still doesn’t help the fact that you’re still working for free and bills are accumulating while you work for free. It is very unfair, and most of the time your given the grunt work and inequality is in full affect. Read More →

2
votes

Use Common Sense

Start by fining companies for every unpaid internships they have. Have a schedule for every unpaid internships within the company that will fit the company budget. Create a classification while allowing laws implemented within them to take affect. No need to waste people’s time especially when students have financial commitments. By companies allowing these students to internship then the students should be treated equally. Read More →

2
votes

You

College tuition is extremely expensive, and becomes a burden on students. If the company internships are unpaid, students will benefit from two incentives. Scholarships offered based upon dedication, commitment, and professionalism during the internship. Also, once employed, a percentage of the student’s loan monthly payment; will be paid by the company. The percentage is based upon position level and/or work ethic. Read More →

2
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Provide major credits and a job position upon graduation

Allow interns to gain credits to fulfill their major requirement if they work at a company directly involved with their major. Also, companies should have a contract granting student’s a job position if they graduate with credits from the company. This allows the company to gain an employee with job-training directly from the company. Read More →

2
votes

Intern Union

Create a Union for interns, applicable to anyone pursing an internship. The Union could support/fight for needs and demands of interns, such as: minimum wage salary and/or reimbursement in the form of paid tuition, scholarships or bursaries for continuing education post-internship, benefits, etc. The price for those ambitious enough to go for an internship should not be unfair circumstances in the face of furthering education. Read More →

2
votes

legal stance.

Make unpaid labour at a profit based company illegal. If a company is caught breaking the law, damages of a full salary and benefits for a year are paid to the intern. Read More →

2
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A Solution For Unpaid Internships

A solution for a student working in an unpaid internship would be to provide the students with a better chance of being hired afterwards – by allowing seniority over other candidates applying for the job based on their work performance when undergoing the internship. Read More →

2
votes

Internship minimum wage with tax benefits for companies

Interns should have a minimum wage of about $4 an hour. Restrictions on internship age could keep students and young adults from stealing jobs. Half of internship expenses are tax deductible. Companies will also benefit with taxes due to the increase in expenses. Government gets to invest in young adults without really impacting unemployment or a company’s bottom line. Read More →

2
votes

Need-to-live payment

Interns will be examined by the business and a set amount will be determined of how much that person needs to cover their bare expenses. This includes rent, utilities, and a food budget. Businesses may use the payment as a tax a write-off for the year. Read More →

2
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Student Union support could solve all problems

Universities should provide an increased number of internships within administration that is subsidized by the Student Union. Student Union money goes into many important things, but within universities costs could be cut across the board to better support students as interns. Student Union should also promise to only support business that do pay interns with ad space within student centres. Read More →

1
vote

Willing to Work With Wage

The intern will be paid minimum wage and will receive no benefits or paid time off. This benefits the intern because they could devote more time to the internship instead of supplementing their income with another job. This benefits the company because they will get more hours out of the intern and will save on a benefit package. Read More →

1
vote

Businesses should pay interns and receive compensation for paying interns.

Interns should receive compensation for the work they provide companies and businesses. Employers should pay their interns half the normal wage of the average employee, because they are not employees they are only students, and at the end of the semester the company or business should be able to receive a form of reimbursement from the government for accepting interns. Read More →

1
vote

College credit for unpaid internships

Internships are an important factor of a college degree because of the hands on experience. If companies offering internships aren’t willing to pay for their interns, then universities should let students apply the internship toward college credit. Keeping it fair with universal standards pertaining to each degree, would please both sides. The student gets compensation, and the business doesn’t incurr extraneous costs. Read More →

1
vote

Scholarships

Internships and income are a necessity for young professionals. Offering a scholarship to interns is a very simple method that will benefit both. The company does not have to deal with the hiring laws, payroll and students know they are appreciated. Appreciation leads to hard work which results in success. Read More →

1
vote

Help Interns to Become Priority

Interns should be selected for any positions available over applicants. They are already job familiar and experienced. Also, internships could be given a living wage similar to unemployment throughout the internship to assist them with costs. Read More →

1
vote

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 →

1
vote

Tax Benefits/Benefits

Employers love tax benefits so offer them a tax benefit for paying interns. Even just the minimum wage in every state can help with this issue. Also offering interns some basic benefits likes paid time off or sick time could also make a difference for both the employer and interns. It will help attract top talent. Read More →

1
vote

THE TRUE VALUE OF UNPAID INTERNSHIPS

Let's not end these internships, but promote those with real skills. We must find ways-perhaps through student loans and other incentives to help less-privileged students take part in certified skill-building. With loan programs in place, more widespread unpaid internships could move young Americans toward permanent employment. Internships provide pathways towards employment that should be encouraged not penalized. Read More →

1
vote

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 →

1
vote

Universal Internship rules

There’s no doubt that internships offer much needed enriching experience. Sometimes, employers of unpaid interns can take advantage of the fact that they don’t pay them. This is why there needs to be a federal law which clearly states the boundaries and regulation for unpaid interns. This is a grey area and companies often do what they see fit. But, that needs to change by adopting a national rule, for standard treatment. Read More →

1
vote

pay for necessities, rather than give wage

Implement regulations that limit the amount of unpaid interns a company can have, to prevent exploitation. Instead of hourly wage, companies should cover the expenses of basic necessities (water, food, shelter) and partially the tuition of the intern, then students will not need to choose between living or taking an internship ,which will prevent them from being deterred by internships. Read More →

1
vote

People should be paid if they are working

In an internship people need to be able to get paid so that they can be able to want to learn more about the work they are volunteering as an intern. People should get paid if they are actually doing some type of work even if it is interning at a business. Read More →

1
vote

College Reimbursement

Unpaid internships should be automatically converted to educational credits, such as continuing educational units, undergraduate credits or graduate credits. With this system, high school students would simultaneously earn free college credits and gain real-life experiences. Professional educators would also be motivated to apply, which would create a better pool of candidates and bridge connections in the community. Read More →

1
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BRIGHTER FUTURES AHEAD

Let's not end these internships, but promote those with real skills. We must find ways-perhaps through student loans and other incentives to help less-privileged students take part in certified skill-building. With loan programs in place, more widespread unpaid internships could move young Americans toward permanent employment. Internships provide pathways towards employment that should be encouraged not penalized. Read More →

1
vote

Grant Scholarships / bursaries to interns

The point of an internship is for a student to gain valuable work experience and further strengthen their education; therefor, they are not a regular employ and should not be expected to be paid the same as an experienced employee. Instead, the company should grant them money that should be used for the purpose of paying for their education. Read More →

1
vote

Give Employers Tax Credits for Paid Internships and Converting Internships to FT Jobs

Take advantage of existing tax credit programs to provide incentive and encourage desired behavior. Employers should receive tax incentives for providing internships that pay at least the minimum wage. Incentives should increase with the more paid internships offered, and if an internship converts to a full-time job offer employers should be able to further reduce their tax burden. Read More →

1
vote

Pay for All Interns

I think all interns should be paid. Most interns are college students getting experience in their field. A small allowance could be given to compensate these interns for their expertise and time. Most interns also get hired on permanently interning in an organization. The money could be considered a part of the Research & Development (R & D) budget. It would be great for organizations that are thinking forward to the future. Read More →

1
vote

A Bonus Program for Interns

Institution of a minimum wage, could limit the availability of intern opportunities. A possible solution would be to create a bonus program. As the interns reach certain goals set by the companies, a grant could be awarded. This would allow interns to receive financial benefit and companies to ensure that the internship remains cost-effective. Read More →

1
vote

Getting paid is more motivation to work

Unpaid internships need to be fixed in my opinion. They at least need to reward them with something thats worth the amount of money or at least get paid minimum wage. Getting rewarded or getting paid motivates the intern to work more and harder because working just for free wouldn’t be the same as getting paid. Read More →

1
vote

National Television Campaign

Internships are not the problem, greed is. Employers are willing to get anything for free labour. What we must do to change the way of thinking from cheap workers to an asset that is trying to make the company better. I suggest a national television campaign to show that paid interns are much better for the company than unpaid interns. Read More →

1
vote

Corporations Run as Small, Socialist Nations: Decreasing the Economic Gap to Gather Funds

Interns, like paid employees, are not exempt from the fees of daily life. Thus, it is imperative that interns be compensated monetarily. Corporations should work much like small, socialist nations; the wealth should be distributed across the breadth of the company. By minimizing the economic gap between CEO and technicians, funds are gathered to compensate all workers, including interns. Read More →

1
vote

A reward based system instead of hourly pay…

Here’s the solution: incentives. Interns should not be paid for the generic “work” that they do, instead be rewarded in some manner for exceptional work or working overtime. Therefore there is opportunity for interns to earn money or benefits without being paid as an hourly employee. Therefore they stay motivated to work hard and off their company’s payroll. Read More →

1
vote

Universities partnering with companies

One solution to fix unpaid internship is for universities to partner with companies that are willing to take on interns. Through this partnership a standard rate will be set at which interns will be paid; this will be in the form of a stipend. Read More →

1
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The Best of Both Worlds

The basic issue is this- companies don’t want to hire interns that they’re required to pay if they can hire an actual employ that will be more beneficial to the income of the company. Interns should work the first three months for free (therefore receiving necessary training while gaining valuable work experience) and once they become an actual asset to the company they will begin to receive a salary. Read More →

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Honorariums for Internships

As a former intern I do not agree with unpaid internships. A solution for both sides is an honorarium (ex. $40.00 per week) This way students would still receive funds for their work and company’s would benefit from not having to pay a full wage while training. As well students shouldn’t have to pay tuition while on an unpaid internship. Read More →

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Don’t charge so much

I think the education department in the USA is overpriced and unmanageable for most working people. I feel if you make college less costly people would pay back their debts more. Read More →

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Tiered apprenticeship tax write-off

Internships should be a tiered apprenticeship paid initially at minimum wage, for which the company can receive a tax write off so long as they provide documentation of what the apprentice will be taught at that tier. Subsequent tiers can be paid more, like a raise. Paying nothing for unskilled labor is and should be illegal for any industry. However, a tax break given to a college graduate is a fair exchange for experience. Read More →

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Give and Take: Companies’ Investment in Interns will Benefit Everyone

Legislation should be in place that monitors the job experience companies are giving their interns. Interns should get real world experience that’s applicable to future careers; in return companies will have more job candidates with better skills. Companies should reward interns with exceptional talent with a scholarship. This provides interns with more motivation, thus providing companies with harder working interns. Read More →

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Volunteer then get paid

Unpaid internships should volunteer and get paid after serving a certain amount of hours towards the community. Its not fair that internships are unpaid but I think once the applicant serves a certain amount of community hours they should get paid. Read More →

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Learn, Work, Explore

To fix the unpaid internship gap, providing the intern with a stipend to cover living and travel expenses would be an incentive for said intern to be motivated to work. An expense covered opportunity to explore to communities around the internship location would be an additional incentive and give them more of an in-depth study. Providing them with healthcare benefits could further promote a healthy work environment. Read More →

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Pooled Allowance

In order to satisfy those who are unsettled by unpaid internships, the responsibility must stay between both the Government and the Student Union. A pooled allowance should be provided from both organizations for those who must complete the unpaid practicum for mandatory career experience. This way, the intern may receive both an education in the field and their deserving accommodation. Read More →

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Work Study

I think a work study should be considered for persons who work at an unpaid internship relative to their program. They should be able to reap some of the benefits of their hard work and have relevant working experience when they finish their degree. Read More →