An article with the above title (from The L Magazine, hat tip mental_floss blog) opens with this question: “Did you know that it’s against the law to “employ” people and not pay them?” It then goes on to give us a fairly complete analysis of how internships work and where they are most likely to occur.
All very interesting. But I don’t buy the premise. When did it become illegal to volunteer, that is, work for no pay? And I don’t think that “interns” are forced to accept the jobs they take. It is an act of free will, perhaps only for educational or psychic rewards, but they can quit any time if it’s not working for them.