Carr on unpaid internships in publishing: “a good time to rethink the entire issue”

Following recent lawsuits regarding interns, David Carr gives an overview of the structural and business problems most publishers encounter as a result of unpaid internship programs. Few can access an internship that provides no income, which makes publishing a tough ladder for the underprivileged. It also affects the bottom line: a good internship program helps you understand and reach young people. “Bringing on young people from all kinds of backgrounds is less a moral nicety than a business imperative,” writes Carr.

  1. Explore ProPublica’s internship project and its takeaways so far