Unpaid Internships Under Legal Scrutiny

, New York Law Journal

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Samuel Estreicher, the Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and Allan S. Bloom, a partner at Paul Hastings, write that there are labor law issues,claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and its state law counterparts, for example, that employers with unpaid internship programs will need to address.

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  • modern day slave

    I moved to NYC 4 months ago much like every cliche video clip of a girl chasing her dream. What I found was much similar to those same movie plots minus the happy ending of landing a job.

    In short, I am interning for a famous photographer in Manhattan. The shortest day I've worked in the last 4months was probably 9hrs. Averaging no less than 50hrs per week of what I would conclude is mostly if not totally unrelated to my field. Yes I am interning for a photographer BUT I am running to get food for the set, cleaning up after everyone, walking the dog during business hours and later when others have gone out to celebrate the shoot, shredded boxes of old clippings, running errands, dishes,etc. No breaks. No lunches. Most times I have to sneak food in when everyone is too busy to notice. The atmosphere is completely unhealthy and barely tolerable for a paid position. After 12 weeks I've only had one meeting with my supervisor and it was not to assess my work, progress, or portfolio. I feel robbed and like a piece of gum on the bottom of someone's shoe and there is ZERO chance of being placed or referred out to someone. Not only have I missed out on making money for myself, I've spent every penny I could save, beg for, or borrow to stay here and watch this person make hundreds of thousands of dollars without so much as a thank you. As I have already graduated, this was not for college credit either.

    Any help?

  • modern day slave

    I moved to NYC 4 months ago much like every cliche video clip of a girl chasing her dream. What I found was much similar to those same movie plots minus the happy ending of landing a job.

    In short, I am interning for a famous photographer in Manhattan. The shortest day I've worked in the last 4months was probably 9hrs. Averaging no less than 50hrs per week of what I would conclude is mostly if not totally unrelated to my field. Yes I am interning for a photographer BUT I am running to get food for the set, cleaning up after everyone, walking the dog during business hours and later when others have gone out to celebrate the shoot, shredded boxes of old clippings, running errands, dishes,etc. No breaks. No lunches. Most times I have to sneak food in when everyone is too busy to notice. The atmosphere is completely unhealthy and barely tolerable for a paid position. After 12 weeks I've only had one meeting with my supervisor and it was not to assess my work, progress, or portfolio. I feel robbed and like a piece of gum on the bottom of someone's shoe and there is ZERO chance of being placed or referred out to someone. Not only have I missed out on making money for myself, I've spent every penny I could save, beg for, or borrow to stay here and watch this person make hundreds of thousands of dollars without so much as a thank you. As I have already graduated, this was not for college credit either.

    Any help?

  • not available

    I need to be able to print the document!!! There is no print facility

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