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Interns: potential costs of this unpaid workforce

What do AT&T, IBM, the Cleveland Indi- ans, and more than 800 other employers have in common? At present, they are all openly seeking unpaid interns on Craigslist and Monster. Unpaid interns allow companies to keep costs down while continuing to provide high-quality services and products to customers and clients – all in an economic climate where employers are looking to reduce expenses. Given that the nation’s unem- ployment rate is hovering around 9%, there is a large pool of candidates willing to take unpaid internships to demonstrate their considerable skills and experi- ence in the hopes of a paid position at the company or elsewhere.

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