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Students Said to Be Among Victims of Boom in Unpaid Internships

The number of unpaid internships has mushroomed in recent years, The New York Times reports, and some government officials say employers could be using the interns, often college students or recent graduates, to get free labor at a time of pressure to cut costs. Regulators in Oregon, California, and other states are investigating potential violations of minimum-wage laws, and the U.S. Labor Department is also looking into possible abuses. Enforcement is often hampered, however, by the interns themselves, who are eager to get experience, make contacts, and avoid jeopardizing future job prospects by filing a complaint.

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