Is it something for young people to take advantage of or are they being taken advantage of? There are more than 100 interns working for free at Colonial Williamsburg running tours while people are charged hefty entrance fees. The interns are happy and feel that they are being paid in “experience” however, family and friends are paying their expenses like food, rent and anything else they need to survive. From Yosemite, to Sea World to the White House, interns are everywhere.
It is not the children of farm workers or factory workers that are getting these connections. It is not the kids of unemployed parents getting these internships. The upper middle class kids are benefiting from these internships. Some interns feel very guilty and feel they are taking advantage of their parents generosity. There is no financial aid that covers only an internship. If this goes further and adults agree o work for free, it degrades the entire value of work. In this economy there are adults who would rather work for free than to not work at all.