Published: April 11, 2011
To the Editor:
Ross Perlin cites the communications profession as one of many industries that routinely hire unpaid interns (“Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges,” Op-Ed, April 3). His assessment that colleges and firms are perpetuating a degradation of the value of professional experience for college students is admirable in its effort to raise exposure for this important issue. Recently, the Public Relations Society of America issued new guidance to public relations professionals concerning the ethical use of interns. We made clear our belief that it is unethical not to provide some type of compensation to interns, whether monetary or college credit.
New York, April 6, 2011
- PR Must Remain Vigilant Advocates for Interns' Rights (PRSAY, April 8, 2011)
- PRSA Advises on Ethical Business Practices for Employment of Public Relations Interns (Feb. 10, 2011)
- Paid or Unpaid, Time to Evaluate PR's Use of Interns (PRSAY, Feb. 10, 2011)