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According to the New York Times, the United States Labor Department has begun cracking down on for-profit businesses that hire interns to replace paid workers in order to shave off operating costs.

Ms. Leppink said many employers failed to pay even though their internships did not comply with the six federal legal criteria that must be satisfied for internships to be unpaid. Among those criteria are that the internship should be similar to the training given in a vocational school or academic institution, that the intern does not displace regular paid workers and that the employer “derives no immediate advantage” from the intern’s activities — in other words, it’s largely a benevolent contribution to the intern.

If this is true, then this could mean huge changes in the future for those of you entering the creative field where many businesses knowingly/unknowingly practice this very thing.