Slavery and Trafficking: How Northwestern Shuttles Journalism Students into Unpaid Internships

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/10/how-northwestern-shuttles-journalism-students-unpaid-internships/70065/

Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica 269 Views 12:26 PM ET

Northwestern University’s journalism school boasts of its prowess in preparing students for prestigious careers—but it also serves as a pipeline for unpaid internships.

At Medill, students pay $15,040 in tuition for the privilege of working full-time jobs as unpaid interns. During their mandatory quarter in Journalism Residency, as it is known, students work full time at news organizations such as CNN Documentaries, Self and WGN Chicago. But instead of paying interns, employers pay Medill $1,250 for every student placed. In turn, students receive academic credit and a small stipend from the university for relocation expenses, ranging from $600 to $1,200. The most generous stipend amounts to just $2.72 an hour—far below the federal minimum wage.

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