Intern Nation

Wanted: nonsalaried worker to toil all hours. Why free has become the new paid

Photograph by Poon Watchara-Amphaiwan for TIME

If interning were an Olympic event, Ivellisse Morales would be a gold medalist. Since her freshman year at Boston University, the 21-year-old public relations major has racked up seven internships. During the course of her odyssey, she has done everything from stuffing envelopes and running errands to writing analytical reports, all the while attending classes and working part time at an outside job. This summer, Morales crowned her vita with a plum internship: the communications desk of Teach for America in Manhattan.

Almost forgotten in all this résumé building, though, is the fact that in the thousands of hours Morales has...

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