Interns: Real World Work Or Just Free Labor? Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act I've read in other recent articles that the prime internships frequently go to children of the connected & affluent students, since Joe college boy who's working one or two jobs to pay his own way through school in the midwest can't afford the high rent & living expenses needed for an unpaid internship in NYC or DC. There is also a growing backlash against internships due to the dismal job market & businesses taking advantage of students eager to gain some job experience at any cost possible. Have organizations & businesses lost sight of the purpose of internships? Discuss.