In more and more career tracks, from sales to journalism to finance, an internship is required for young and new employees looking to break in. And following this trend, more colleges are now mandating internships as part of their degree requirements. But many of these internships are unpaid, which leaves these workers at the bottom of the pecking order with few workplace protections, including from a boss’s inappropriate advances and unwanted attention.
This didn’t sit right with Matt Marks, who’s an MSU senior. He founded the Michigan Equal Protections for Interns Coalition. Current State talks with Marks about working to change the state law in order to make unpaid interns less vulnerable in Michigan’s workplaces.