There is going to come a time when Americans bemoan the absence of interns. But before then, we will have many teens and twenty-somethings without supervised work to occupy their time. And consequently the workforce will see a rise in young professionals who are ill-prepared to make collated copies. A rise in crime will inevitably follow.
Being a fashion law blogger, I have covered many employment law cases involving unpaid interns (find links at end of this post). In my fashion law news articles and updates I lean towards being Switzerland. But I am tired of unpaid intern claims.
Let me be clear, it is not fine to mislabel employees as interns.
But if you were to go to KFC for extra crispy chicken after workouts instead of making skinless chicken with veggies, should you expect your results to be like the reasonable person who exercises the same as you but calculates macros and opts for post-workout protein shakes? No! We are not all me circa my DOB through 2013. RIP former metabolism. I hope to find you again at least before 30.
Back to my topic, if you are lucky enough to land an unpaid fashion internship, should you expect to get paid? No! Those professing otherwise will cause problems.
Certainly you should not expect to displace an actual employee. But long hours? Yes. Fashion does not sleep. Why should you? Invest in something like La Mer and caffeine it up.