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I contributed to the article “Generation i” in the Economist Magazine:
“For universities it’s really cheap money,” says Gina Neff, a professor of communication at the University of Washington. “They are getting tuition dollars and not having to spend instructional dollars.” Some internships are valuable, she says, citing one she oversees in which students work on local newspapers with support from teachers. But some are not: she vetoed a Hollywood PR-internship after it turned out to be little more than an unpaid job promoting films on campus. Some universities might have pocketed the fees and looked the other way.
I joined several journalists for a conversation about the role of internships in the contemporary economy in an online forum organized by the Guardian US and Propublica.