Pay [Company] interns now

Claire Feinberg
Claire Feinberg
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Organizer, designer, political staffer.

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About the template

Everyone deserves to be paid for the work they do, including interns. Fight for a fair wage for the interns at your company.

About the author

Claire is an organizer and designer based in Chicago. In the past year and a half she's worked on a mayoral, congressional and presidential race where she helped unionize a top-tier presidential campaign. She believes collective action leads to more informed citizens and a healthier society.

To:[management@company.com]

Context

Our current policy of hosting unpaid internships is limiting our ability to support people of diverse backgrounds from joining our company. Unpaid internships favor individuals who can be supported by other means and this results in a limited applicant pool. We fundamentally believe that interns’ work is contributing to our company's function and taking their labor for free is antithetical to our beliefs.

Reasoning

Unpaid internships pose a significant burden on the intern who supplies their labor, digital connectivity and transportation for free to the [Company] . On average, an unpaid summer internship amounts to an investment by the interns of over $6,000. Any work that is deemed important enough for our organization to be overseeing should be paid work, or no work at all. It’s time we stop this practice that favors the privileged few who can subsidize internships on their own dollar.

What we’re asking

  • Immediately end unpaid internships
  • Shift internships to a minimum wage offering at the least.
  • Provide stipends for transit and internet service.
  • Develop other opportunities for internships such as micro-internships that are project based and pay a reasonable amount.

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