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Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

I’ve noticed some chatter lately about unpaid interns at non-profit organizations, and whether the practice is ethical or not.  My kneejerk reaction was a yes answer: after all, most non-profits have tiny budgets, and it’s hard to get a non-profit job in this economy.  If someone wants to work for free, why not let them?

The problem with unpaid interns, though, gets at the heart of what’s wrong with the way many non-profits do fundraising, as well as at some of the problems non-profits have with recruiting a diverse staff.

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