Staff Editorial: Advocacy for the unpaid

The Hatchet’s editorial board argues that the Department of Labor and GW could do more to protect the rights of unpaid interns.

To many, the GW experience is synonymous with the opportunity to land an internship in the nation’s capital. And GW definitely does its part to fuel that notion, with the University’s admissions Web site stating that “some 92 percent of GW students who graduate have at least one internship or career-related opportunity. It is not uncommon for students to have more than one internship during their undergraduate experience.” But at a time when the legality of the unpaid internship is being examined, there is a clear responsibility that falls on the federal government and GW to protect the rights of interns.

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