Stop Posting Illegal Unpaid Internships!

To: Wasserman Center For Career Development

Stop Posting Illegal Unpaid Internships!
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Campaign created by Christina Isnardi Icon-email

Remove postings of illegal, exploitative unpaid internships from CareerNet, NYU's online job and internship posting website.

Why is this important?

Unpaid internships are illegal* and unfair; many violate federal and state labor laws. They deny people the pay they earn, the rights they are entitled to, and the opportunities they deserve.

By posting illegal unpaid internships, the Wasserman Center is perpetuating issues in the following categories:
--Economic: unpaid internships displace employees, take away jobs, and devalue work (unpaid interns at the average company receive only a 1% advantage in getting a job at that company than an applicant who has never worked there)
--Legal: unpaid interns are not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and therefore have no standing in court against discrimination or sexual harassment
--Class: only those who can afford unpaid internships can have them
--Race: minority groups are almost systematically at a disadvantage with lower economic support and face discrimination without legal protection
--LGBTQ: face discrimination without legal protection 
--Gender: 77% of unpaid internships are held by women while more paid positions are awarded to men, which widens the gender income gap (women make $0.78 for every dollar a man makes)
--Human Rights: if workers are treated as employees, they should be compensated fairly for their work. 

NYU’s Wasserman Career Center would never post positions that were not open to women, or LGBT people, or people of color. They should not post positions that are not open to people who cannot afford to work for free.

Join us in our fight against illegal labor exploitation. Sign this petition to stop NYU’s Wasserman Career Center from posting ads for illegal unpaid internships.


*Unpaid internships are illegal if the internship is FOR-PROFIT and does not follow the six criteria outlined by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Therefore, this campaign specifically targets unpaid internships in the for-profit sector that violate these provisions.

The following six criteria must be applied when making this determination:
1.The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
2.The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
3.The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
5.The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
6.The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
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Reasons for signing

  • Marolyn R. 2014-02-22 21:53:18 -0500
    Why not take some of the CEO's pay to pay an intern minimum wage?
  • Chandni M. 2014-02-17 19:00:46 -0500
    I wouldn't want an unpaid internship
  • Jessica t. 2014-02-07 18:49:49 -0500
    An employer realized how hard-working I was and fired one of her workers with the intention of getting more interns to do her job. I had to pay extremely expensive rent in the city whilst working another job, wasn't even reimbursed for subway tickets. So I was actually paying to work for her. It is also horribly unfair to those who cannot afford this kind of bourgeois luxury of being exploited so as to gain photocopying and coffee making skills.