Dan Sharber's Reviews > Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy

Intern Nation by Ross Perlin
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: own, labor-and-labor-history
Read from August 15 to 23, 2011

"Along with the explosion of contingent labor and much scarier trends such as the resurgence of sweatshops in our midst and a global race to the bottom around labor standards, internships are turning back the clock. they are symptomatic of a drastically unequal, hypercompetitive world in the making - one in which, as so many americans rightly fear, succeeding generations will work harder for less rewards, for a lower quality of life with fewer avenues for getting ahead."

that pretty much sums up the premise of the book. i found this book interesting and engaging and an overall easy read. anyone interested in fair labor practices would get a lot out of this book. the rise and proliferation of unpaid or low paid internships is a scary phenomenon for young workers and for anyone interested in justice. when companies decide they can staff all entry level jobs with unpaid labor everyone loses and those who lose the most are the ones who can not work for free in the first place - working class students. this allows the same inequalities to be duplicated and exacerbated in the world of internships. good book!

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