Take This Internship and Shove It - New York Times:
I was an unpaid intern at a newspaper from March 2002, my senior year, until a few months after graduation. I took it for granted, as most students do, that working without pay was the best possible preparation for success; parents usually agree to subsidize their offspring's internships on this basis. But what if we're wrong?
What if the growth of unpaid internships is bad for the labor market and for individual careers?