Intern Nation by Ross Perlin
How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy

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Millions of young people—and increasingly some not-so-young people—now work as interns. They famously shuttle coffee in a thousand magazine offices, legislative backrooms, and Hollywood studios, but they also deliver aid in Afghanistan, map the human genome, and pick up garbage. Intern Nation is the first exposé of the exploitative world of internships. In this witty, astonishing, and serious investigative work, Ross Perlin profiles fellow interns, talks to academics and professionals about what unleashed this phenomenon, and explains why the intern boom is perverting workplace practices around the world.

The hardcover publication of this book precipitated a torrent of media coverage in the US and UK, and Perlin has added an entirely new afterword describing the growing focus on this woefully underreported story. Insightful and humorous, Intern Nation will transform the way we think about the culture of work.
 

About Ross Perlin

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Ross Perlin is a graduate of Stanford, SOAS and Cambridge. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and the Guardian. He is researching disappearing languages in the US, China and the former Soviet Union.
 
Published April 4, 2012 by Verso. 286 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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In February, a Conservative party fundraiser auctioned off internships at City firms and glossy magazines.

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The Guardian

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His quietly furious paragraphs become choked with multiple examples, and for all his hostility to the internship culture, the obsessive, workaholic American impulses that often drive it – when I was a student at Berkeley in the 90s, I remember peers routinely sending out 50 internship application...

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The Telegraph

It will – fairly – be the least able graduates who suffer, and also – less fairly – the poorest.

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Oregon Live

In April 2010, the Department of Labor announced that it would begin cracking down on unpaid internships within the for-profit sector for what it termed "violations of minimum-wage laws."

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The New Yorker

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Business Insider

Despite its potential to help that effort, Intern Nation fails through a lack of research, verified facts, and black and white "examples" of poor internship programs.

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