August 20th, 2013
10:21 PM ET

Should companies pay their interns?

The White House is under growing pressure to pay its interns.

As it stands:

  • Internships at the White House are not paid.
  • Housing is not provided
  • Interns should expect to work Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm

One advocacy group claims just because you call someone an intern doesn't mean you can get out of paying them minimum wage.

Does their argument add up? Or is the experience a student gets worth its weight in gold? After all, you come in with no skills, and you leave with the ability to get a real, good job.

OutFront: Radio show host Stephanie Miller, CNN Contributor Reihan Salam and Mediate's Joe Concha.

Filed under: Employment • News
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Tony Bevacqua

    Serving an internship in Washington is a privilege handed out by our elected officials probably to friends and family of those elected officials. Like everything else done in Washington, handing out an internship would, more than likely, be done with a motive in mind. Also, while this is a miniscule amount of money being handed out to these interns, let's continue to add every cent we can to our federal deficit.
    Erin, I'm disappointed that these two basic questions never entered the discussion.

    August 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply

    Internships with gov't agencies ARE paid position. I worked one at Andrews AFB while getting an undergraduate degree at the Univ. of Maryland in 1990. Yes it was a great environment to work in as I was changing careers starting from the ground up again. Interns are get workers that need to be mentored. I made a minimal salary ($14,000) just enough to get me back and forth to work each day. It served as way into a gov't career finally landing a job @ FDIC which grew into a six figure salary. There I mentored interns every summer, a way to payback what I experienced
    INTERNS SHOULD GET PAID! They are not just you kids starting out in life.

    August 21, 2013 at 3:23 am | Reply
  3. Doug

    Free labor should be against the law, period.

    August 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply

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