Standing up for young americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
CONTACT: Kristofer Eisenla, LUNA+EISENLA media
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Online Survey Shows 61% of Millennials Oppose Unpaid Internships

More than 2000 Members of OurTime.org, Nationwide Youth Advocacy Org, Participate in Poll; Majority Do Not See Unpaid Internships as a “Fair and Legitimate Business Practice”

See Poll Results HERE

WASHINGTON, DC – As the summer internship season moves into full-swing, OurTime.org – one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations for young Americans – released the results of a nationwide poll today of young Americans on the practice of unpaid internships.  In the poll of OurTime’s membership, conducted between May 9th and May 26th, 61% of the over 2,000 respondents responded “No” to the question: “Do you think unpaid internships are a fair and legitimate business practice?”

“An economic divide is exacerbating between students whose parents can afford to subsidize an internship vs. those whose cannot. Yet internships are becoming more of a prerequisite and less of a distinction by the day,”said Matthew Segal, co-founder of OurTime.org and host of “OurTime with Matthew Segal” on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. This is because students with internship experiences have a clear leg up in getting hired upon graduating. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than three-quarters of employers say they would prefer to hire new college graduates who have relevant work experience such as an internship.”

The results of the poll, along with select quotes from some of the 2,059 Millennial respondents, can be found here.

In 2009, Segal testified before the U.S. House Labor and Education Committee about unpaid internships where he stated:

“At its core, this is also an issue of representation. Representative democracy depends on the input, perspective, and experience of all of its citizens, not just the privileged few. If the majority of young America is saddled with debt in order to work pro-bono, or prevented from the active citizenship experience of serving their government because of financial hardship, then we are condoning a discriminatory system. This is not to mention the homogeneity we are institutionalizing or the diversity, qualifications, or incredible talent we are not tapping. Ironically, it is the citizens who need representation the most who currently are the least likely to access these civil service or internship opportunities.” 

To book Matthew Segal for interviews about the state of Millennials, contact Kristofer Eisenla at kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com or 202-670-5747

OurTime with Matthew Segal airs Saturdays at 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 124, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Subscribers will also be able to listen to the show via SiriusXM On Demand through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices and online at siriusxm.com.

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OurTime.org has grown into one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations that empowers and speaks for the interests of young Americans. With a membership of more than 1,000,000 people, OurTime.org organizes campaigns that register and educate voters, advocate for economic opportunity, and convert political news into relevant language, short explanation videos, and shareable memes.  Click HERE to view a short video about the organization.


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