Unpaid internships one step closer to coming to an end in the Senate. Take Action Now!
Pay Our Interns is eager to announce the latest Senator to pay their interns. For more information on Pay Our Interns click here.
The legislature will have to study the effect of this long-standing practice, while renewed attention to the issue is bringing it out of the shadows. The teams favorite line: “But one scrappy, not-quite-two-year-old non-profit group, called Pay Our Interns, has popped up to crusade for a very specific usage: paying congressional interns.” Thank you to The Atlantic for highlighting what we do. Read the piece here: Link
This issue is too important to ignore, Sen. Chris Van Hollen writes For the first time a sitting Senator has taken the time to express why paid internships are so important. Since his second month in office Sen. Van Hollen has joined us in our efforts to get interns paid. Check out what the Senator has to say: Link
“Advocates say the time is right for offices to stop relying on free labor” News about Pay Our Interns Senate Push was received by every single Congressional Office through the well known Roll Call news. We are happy to report positive phone calls happening after this article was published. Read the article here: Link
Pay Our Interns is proud to have contributed to this Vox report. NDAs for interns should include exception clauses for harassment, discrimination, and abuse. When you don’t have that, it contributes to the sexual harassment culture & deeply hierarchical nature of Congress. Link: Vox
Earlier this year we got Tom Perez to pledge that the DNC will start offering paid internship opportunities if he were elected. We are thrilled to announce that starting this January the DNC will offer stipends to interns! Link: Huffington Post
“If someone is for the ‘Fight for $15′ but doesn’t pay their interns, we see that as someone that’s not truly invested in helping lower-income people,” he said. “If they campaign on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but then don’t pay their interns behind peoples’ backs, I would call it phony.” Link: http://www.altondailynews.com
“If you have rich interns, those rich interns become staffers, and then the decisions will be in the hands of 23-year-old rich kids who are mostly white,” he said. “That has implications for our democracy. We need to have them at the table.” Link: https://www.nbcnews.com
“Our biggest goal is to ensure that students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have the same opportunities than those who can afford to do an unpaid internship,” Creamer said. “Let’s face it: Most of the legislative assistants, legislative directors and the people that end up working on the Hill once interned, so it really benefits students that can’t afford to have those paid internships, so that one day they can move on to being