Every year between one and two million Americans work as interns.
This is a broad estimate because the U.S. labour Department and the Census Bureau don’t account for or regulate internships — which has led to the overwhelming growth of unpaid internships, many of which are illegal, according to Ross Perlin in his new book, “Intern Nation.”
Perlin says the adoption of internships picked up steam in the 1980s and 1990s, expanding programs that had been smaller-scale arrangements based on connections. Today, the landscape is different, and many interns are willing to work for free.
“Students are explicitly being told you need to do an internship in order to be marketable after graduation,” says Gina Neff, an assistant professor at the University of Washington.
One intern paid NYU $1,600 in college credits for an unpaid internship on The Daily Show. Another from UPenn paid $2,800 for a one-credit online seminar required by her internship at NBC Universal. Other prestigious internship programs, like the White House and CNN, accept fewer than 1% of thousands of applicants.
About 75% of students at 4-year schools undertake at least one internship. This percentage has doubled since the early 1980s
Employers save $15,000 per person by hiring from their intern pool.
(Source: Management Review).
Approximately 6,000 of them fill Congressional slots -- which would come out to more than100 interns for every member of Congress.
Approximately 6,000 applicants apply for a few hundred positions at the White House internship program each year
(Source: Politico and The Washington centre For Internships and Academic Seminars)
(Source: The Debate Over Unpaid College Internships)
In 1991 those figures sunk to 21% and 32% respectively, according Vernon Stone, a journalism professor at the University of Missouri.
At this moment, there are nearly a half million active apprentices across the U.S.
Nearly 200,000 people enter 28,000 registered apprenticeship programs each year. They work with healthcare, pension plans and worker's compensation.
According to the Fair labour Standards Act, an unpaid internship is legal only if the intern is given substantial training and if the intern is not replacing a regular employee.
Target went from having no internship program before 2006 to taking more than 1,000 just a few years later
And only 40% of education, social sciences, health sciences, and humanities majors have paid internships, according to a report from The Debate Over Unpaid College Internships.
Disney runs one of the world's largest internship programs, employing between 7,000 to 8,000 interns annually
Most Disney interns don't know what job they will do, or how much they're going to get paid before they start working. They typically work 12-hour shifts and have no sick days or days off.
According to a small-scale survey in the UK, conducted in 2010.
In April 2010, someone bid $42,500 for a one-week internship at Vogue with editor Anna Wintour at a charity event
Half of the internship bidders were parents looking to snap up these experiences for their children.
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