Mark Busse: Why Unpaid Internships Are Harming Creative Business
Partner at Industrial Brand comments on why it is time to stop this illegal and unethical practice.
Confession time: I used to be a staunch defender of unpaid internships and advised fellow firm owners and young design grads alike to engage in this time-honoured tradition. I was wrong. So wrong. And I feel quite lousy about it.
There is nothing new about this practice or the debate surrounding it. And it’s not unique to the creative workforce—it’s endemic in a bad economy. Some very notable and respected leaders in the design field have endorsed its use for years and continue to do so. But they’re wrong and the practice is harming our industry. Let me explain why.