Legally, unpaid interns can't displace regular paid workers, doing real work for no pay. So why have unpaid internships have become so pervasive? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to some former interns frustrated with not being paid for work duties that went beyond learning, as well as others who found positive values.

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Key Concepts

Competition, Human Capital, Labor Market, Workers, Human Capital Investment, Job, Work

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