Colleges Draw Criticism for Their Role in Fostering Unpaid Internships

Colleges Draw Criticism for Their Role in Fostering Unpaid Internships 1

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Eric Glatt, a law student at Georgetown U., is among a group of former unpaid interns who are suing Fox Searchlight Pictures for alleged violations of federal and state labor laws.

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Eric Glatt, a law student at Georgetown U., is among a group of former unpaid interns who are suing Fox Searchlight Pictures for alleged violations of federal and state labor laws.

The debate over unpaid internships has largely focused on the employers that offer them. But as interns are taking companies to court, advocates are taking colleges to task, arguing that they are complicit in the exploitation of students.

"The unfortunate reality is that colleges and universities have very much abetted this practice of having young people working for free," said Juno Turner, a lawyer representing a group of former interns who are suing Fox Searchlight Pictures for