July 18, 2008
Subsidizing the Internship
College coffers let students take — and employers give — unpaid jobs
Jonathan K. Cardinal has built his résumé on thousand-dollar stipends.
As a government major from a working-class family, he couldn't have afforded to take the unpaid internships so common in his field. When he got one with the Canadian Parliament, however, St. Lawrence University gave him a grant. He made ends meet by driving 60 miles home from Ottawa each weekend, to Ogdensburg, N.Y., to work for minimum wage at a local radio station, Q Country.