Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Winter 2019

Keywords

Unpaid internships, intern, exploitation, financial privilege, arts organization

Abstract

A personal essay detailing six months spent as an unpaid intern at a nationally recognized theatre company. This paper explores the exploitative nature of unpaid internships, and takes into consideration the growing number of unpaid interns across the United States in the last decade. Also included is an analysis of which members of our society are able to financially afford to participate in unpaid internships, and the implications that has for who is entering the job market with possible advantages. Throughout the personal narrative of this paper, social and financial privilege are examined as factors that help young individuals afford to work for no pay, and the concept of unpaid labor itself is critiqued.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Theater--Study and teaching (Internship)--Oregon; Internship programs--Economic aspects--United States; Interns--Economic aspects--United States; Students with social disabilities--United States

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival--Study and teaching (Internship)

Geographic Coverage

United States; Oregon

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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