Unpaid internships, intern, exploitation, financial privilege, arts organization
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.
Heller, Grace, "Unpaid Arts Internships: A Personal Account on Gaining Experience with Arts Organizations, and Observations of Systemic Inequalities within the Structure of Unpaid Internships" (2019). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 106.
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)
United States; Oregon
student projects; term papers
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