If you don’t want an unpaid internship, don’t take one

Grant Wold

Just because an unpaid internship is not a viable option for some does not mean the government should ban them. Some people are willing to take on the increased debt from an unpaid internship because they feel the experience is valuable enough that the few thousand dollars they miss out on is unimportant. There are many businesses that âÄî if given the opportunity âÄî I would pay just to intern with. It is so very unfortunate that if people donâÄôt like something the first thing they seek to do is ban it for everyone. An April 25 letter said âÄúThe idea that a company is entitled to a âÄòtrial periodâÄô on the basis of not knowing âÄòwhat to expect from an individualâÄô is also completely ridiculous.âÄù The company is not entitled to anything. This is not coercion. If you donâÄôt want an unpaid internship, donâÄôt. A law banning unpaid internships is coercion. With labor unions and other restrictions, firing someone from a job can be almost impossible. Internships allow a company to have that âÄútrial periodâÄù because it is expensive to hire and train someone. Internships also allow a prospective employee the chance to prove him or herself more than an interview can. Grant Wold, University undergraduate student