Interning in Washington is a rite of passage for many young people seeking experience and a path to future jobs. It was typically an unpaid role, including on Capitol Hill, but lawsuits and pressure have shifted the culture on internships. The U.S. Senate just voted to pay all interns starting next year, and many other organizations now compensate internships. We take a look at how the intern’s role has evolved
A Senate vote last week was a major step toward opening Hill internships to non-rich kids. Coverage by Saahil Desai The list of issues that Congress keeps refusing to address is snowballing out of control—bills to protect the Dreamers languish, gun control has gone nowhere, and Republicans are sitting idly by as Trump ignites a global trade war. The GOP knows its agenda is unpopular, so it has all but
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The legislature will have to study the effect of this long-standing practice, while renewed attention to the issue is bringing it out of the shadows. The teams favorite line: “But one scrappy, not-quite-two-year-old non-profit group, called Pay Our Interns, has popped up to crusade for a very specific usage: paying congressional interns.” Thank you to The Atlantic for highlighting what we do. Read the piece here: Link
This issue is too important to ignore, Sen. Chris Van Hollen writes For the first time a sitting Senator has taken the time to express why paid internships are so important. Since his second month in office Sen. Van Hollen has joined us in our efforts to get interns paid. Check out what the Senator has to say: Link
“Advocates say the time is right for offices to stop relying on free labor” News about Pay Our Interns Senate Push was received by every single Congressional Office through the well known Roll Call news. We are happy to report positive phone calls happening after this article was published. Read the article here: Link
Pay Our Interns is proud to have contributed to this Vox report. NDAs for interns should include exception clauses for harassment, discrimination, and abuse. When you don’t have that, it contributes to the sexual harassment culture & deeply hierarchical nature of Congress. Link: Vox
Earlier this year we got Tom Perez to pledge that the DNC will start offering paid internship opportunities if he were elected. We are thrilled to announce that starting this January the DNC will offer stipends to interns! Link: Huffington Post