WGBH: Elizabeth Warren Has Evolved: She Now Pays Interns More Than Anyone Else In Congress

By Guillermo Creamer|February 10, 2019|In the News|

At some point in the past few years, Sen. Elizabeth Warren got religion on interns. In 2014 and 2015, the Massachusetts Democrat paid a handful of interns a couple thousand dollars each, totaling less than $50,000 in payments to interns in the two years combined. The vast majority of her interns — usually about 100 per year — were unpaid. But last spring and summer, Warren became the single most

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Statement on Unpaid Internship Postings

By Guillermo Creamer|February 6, 2019|In the News|

Statement on Unpaid Internship Postings Washington, D.C. – Last September, both the House and the Senate appropriated almost $14 Million in funding for paid congressional internships, which is expected to create thousands of paid opportunities for young adults regardless of socioeconomic status. Speaker Pelosi’s office was integral in the creation and passage of this measure. When the funding was passed, Speaker Pelosi issued a statement in support of “this historic

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New York Post: Chuck Schumer said ad for free interns was an ‘error’

By Guillermo Creamer|December 4, 2018|In the News|

WASHINGTON – Sen. Schumer listed job openings for unpaid interns — but said the posting was “made in error” after Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized members of Congress for seeking free labor. Ocasio-Cortez is promising to pay $15 per hour to her interns. Shortly after advertising for unpaid press and legislative interns, Schumer’s office said that was a mistake. “This posting was made in error. Starting in January, Senator Schumer’s office

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Rolling Stone: Chuck Schumer: Ad for Unpaid Interns Was Posted in ‘Error’

By Guillermo Creamer|December 4, 2018|In the News|

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has earned praise for her efforts to lift the veil and show what Congress is really like on social media, had another revelation to share with her followers on Monday.  “This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food. I chatted up the staff,” the newly-elected congresswoman wrote on Twitter. “SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices.* This is a disgrace. Congress

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Here’s How a 24-Year-Old Former House Intern Finally Got Congress to Pay Its Interns

By Guillermo Creamer|September 27, 2018|In the News|

Carlos Mark Vera’s non-profit, Pay Our Interns, hit one of its major policy goals before its second birthday. DC is populated in part by a rotating cast of interns, blazer-outfitted, ambitious, and all too often, unpaid. For Congressional interns, that changed Thursday, when the House followed the Senate and passed a “minibus” spending bill that allocated $13.8 million for interns’ salaries in both chambers. The bill should pass into law

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Pay Up: House And Senate Allocate Funds To Pay Interns

By Guillermo Creamer|September 10, 2018|In the News|

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee allocated $8.8 million to pay its interns in a 2019 spending package. The decision follows just a few months after the Senate Appropriations Committee included $5 million for intern pay in the legislative branch appropriations bill. Negotiations continue on other parts of the bill. Read More