Unpaid interns in films like The Devil Wears Prada and The Internship go through hell and back to make their mark in the industry. And the exploitation and abuse they experience isn’t too far removed from reality. We’ve all heard horror stories about students emerging from internships overworked and duped — but they didn’t soak up an ounce of real world skills.
Now, not all companies take advantage of their unpaid interns and use them as cheap labor; some employers provide great career development resources for their interns. But don’t think you won’t be running a few errands — you do have to “pay your dues” so to speak. But when does it go too far and become exploitation? We’ll tell you exactly how you can tell you’re being used and abused!