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Stop Working for Free: How Unpaid Internships Exploit Labor, Divide Classes, and Rig the Economy

Just Elise
Jul 10, 2017 · 11 min read
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Brooklyn Museum: site of author’s year of unpaid labor
from Last Real Indians

Internships have largely eradicated the possibility of breaking into the white-collar world through a salaried position, and internship culture has become a source of class division, favoring the privileged, pressuring others into financial sacrifices, and excluding others altogether.

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Today there are nearly two million fewer jobs in mid- and higher-wage industries than there were before the recession took hold, while there are 1.85 million more jobs in lower-wage industries.

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Artist, activist, corporate finance interloper. When I'm not writing about labor and LGBTQ issues you can find me photographing the streets of New York.