Originally Posted by CJ1973
I humbly disagree. The end of the social, political correctness revolution is near. Its about business again so a lot of folks know you pay your dues to get places. Hey, if Max Martin gave me an internship, I'd pay him. It's not like intern is sitting around. We pay for college. It can be argued that we may have to pay for some experience too, which gets us way a head in the curve.
I'm not arguing that dues don't have to be paid, or that free gigs shouldn't be taken. I'm arguing against an institutionalized system that takes advantage of young people's naivety, inexperience and over-abundance in the workforce.
Again I reiterate, how is schlepping coffee or any other menial task teaching me about recording?
Also, why is it so taboo to suggest that an individual gets paid for the hours they put in? If I'm standing there watching Michael Brauer or whoever mix a track, I'm happy to observe and do that for free, thats better than going to class or reading a book, but if I'm out running around grabbing coffee for you? Cleaning up your poo poo? Yeah I'd sue too (if I could afford the lawyer that is).
You say to me that I'm spoiled to expect payment for an internship. I say to you pragmatic folks that you have no sense of self-worth if you think you need to be treated like trash before your life can be worth anything. This ain't Bangladesh, and all the soldiers and servicemen in this countries proud history didn't fight and protect your liberty to let a cash-flushed company like 20th century Fox treat you like a slave. Have some self-respect for Christsakes!
And that's what this situation is about, the abuse of power in regards to an interns duties. An internship is there to provide a job-specific learning opportunity, through observation or hands-on experience. The law in Cali treats an internship like an apprenticeship. It's about time that legally a spade was called a spade, IMO.