Senators move to make State Department internships paid

SourceBusiness Insider
CountryMiddle east

Unpaid internships have come under renewed scrutiny in recent days, as discourse has swirled online over their potential for exploitation and inequity. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even weighed in with a tweet on Monday, writing: "Pay your interns! It'll improve your operation and make it more diverse and just." Now, Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott are taking it one step further, introducing a bipartisan bill to make all State Department internships fully paid.

Booker has already been an advocate for paid internships. In a press release, the duo cites declines in the number of women and Black workers at the State Department. The bill would make all State Department internships pay the jurisdiction's minimum wage. It would also provide housing for students who would live outside the US for their internships, as well as for students who work more than 50 miles away from their permanent addresses. In addition, travel for getting to and from those locations would be covered and targeted more...