About Us

Pay Our Interns was founded in 2016 by two former unpaid interns of color. It is the nation’s leading organization fighting to ensure all students have equitable access to professional career paths through the implementation of paid internships countrywide—especially students from historically excluded communities. 

We successfully do so through:

  • Research by identifying gaps and establishing benchmarks;
  • Advancing knowledge, practices and policy proposals for employers, students and governmental bodies;
  • Shifting mental models by changing the narrative around who interns and the growing role of internships in today’s economy;
  • Catalyzing change by activating stakeholders to take action toward ending unpaid internships.

POI’s aim is to develop pathways for advancement, with the objective of creating a more equitable workforce, more diverse leadership across all sectors, and a more just world.  


Pay Our Interns is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax-deductible, where allowed by law. Your donation allows the team to dedicate themselves fully to the cause and create a meaningful resource for interns around the country.

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