By Cameron Whitlock
In 1865, Congress ratified the 13th amendment, effectively abolishing slavery in the United States of America. Yet in the 21st century, there are more than 500,000 unpaid interns nationwide, trading free labor for a hypothetical “foot in the door.”
Maybe, an unpaid internship isn’t quite the equivalent of slavery, but it isn’t too unrealistic to compare it with indentured servitude.
After all, these interns generate an estimated $2 billion annually in free labor, to corporations and small businesses alike. And in a shaky economy, things are only getting worse.