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Colleges Draw Criticism For Their Role In Fostering Unpaid Internships | Chronicle Of Higher Education

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Eric Glatt, a Georgetown Law student, poses for a photograph on their campus, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Washington. Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad. But those days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge in New York ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated m | AP

The debate over unpaid internships has largely focused on the employers that offer them. But as interns are taking companies to court, advocates are taking colleges to task, arguing that they are complicit in the exploitation of students.

"The unfortunate reality is that colleges and universities have very much abetted this practice of having young people working for free," said Juno Turner, a lawyer representing a group of former interns who are suing Fox Searchlight Pictures for alleged violations of federal and state labor laws.

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