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April 22, 2013

PRSA’s Chair Responds to Report About Exploitation of PR Interns

On Wednesday, April 17, PRWeek reported that, according to research by campaign group “Intern Aware” public relations professionals are among the worst offenders for exploiting interns. Gus Baker, co-director of Intern Aware, described the problem, stating that “…these roles look like they are entitled to the minimum wage and the advertised jobs could be done by paid staff.”
 
In response to the article, Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, and PRSA's 2013 Chair and CEO stated, “The public relations profession, especially those firms that use interns, must continue to advocate on behalf of proper compensation for interns, and build upon its successes thus far in changing attitudes and behaviors in this regard. At a time of soaring tuition costs, crushing student loan debt and dimming job prospects for college graduations, it’s the right and ethical thing to do.”  Nall also recounted the guidelines set by PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards and remarked, “The guidelines reflect our belief that it’s ethically improper to employ anyone who adds real value to a public relations agency or department without compensating them for their work – whether that compensation is monetary or in the form of educational credits.”
 
To read his full comment, visit the PR Week article.
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