By Isaac Butler
This time from MSNBC's Tim Noah:
Another moral offense largely unaddressed in Judge Pauley’s decision is the way colleges and universities use unpaid internships to line their pockets at students’ expense. To the halfhearted extent bosses previously enforced Walling for interns at all, they did so by persuading institutions of higher learning to grant college credit for unpaid internships. The colleges were only too happy to oblige, since from their perspective it amounted to free money; in effect, they could now charge tuition for “educational” services they didn’t themselves provide. From the student’s point of view, the arrangement amounted to a hefty fee paid for the privilege of performing labor. In his 2011 book Intern Nation: How To Earn Nothing And Learn Little In the Brave New Economy, Ross Perlin reports instances of students paying colleges $1600 and $2800 in tuition just to earn credits for unpaid internships performed outside their leafy groves. Such transactions were routine—and, again, perfectly legal.