Hillary Clinton Criticizes Unpaid Internships, Yet Demands Her Interns Work for Free

Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton made waves this week after revelations that her campaign is hiring interns without paying them.

On August 16th, Clinton’s Twitter listed “free coffee, great views, and the chance to make history” as compensation for being free labor in her campaign. (Source: Truth In Media, last accessed August 19, 2015.)

The democratic nominee hopeful went on record in 2013 with a denouncement of the trend towards unpaid internships, identifying it as a significant economic obstacle for young people in both the private and public sectors, particularly on Capitol Hill. (Source: Forbes, last accessed August 19, 2015.) The notable absence of a salary for her campaign interns did not then go unnoticed, as news outlets, bloggers, and other media rushed to point out Clinton’s double-standard.

“Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment,” she said at a speech at UCLA in 2013. “More businesses need to move their so-called interns to employees.”

The potential candidate has made a lot of noise about affordable education, including the proposal of a 10-year $350 billion college education plan. (Source: New York Post, August 19, 2015.) Hillary Clinton has also campaigned hard for raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, yet finds it acceptable to not pay her own grassroots workers a single dime.

Following scandal over her involvement in the Benghazi attacks and recent uproar over her usage of personal servers for sensitive government e-mail correspondences, this latest PR snag by the former First Lady is yet another issue voters will be thinking about when considering her for presidential candidacy.