Getting a job is difficult, particularly in a down economy. One way in which one sees this is in the use of unpaid or poorly paid intern labor. Many people at the bottom of the employment ladder are willing to work for minimal compensation as a way of learning the ropes and getting their foot in the door. Internships do two things for employers. First, they provide a pool of cheap – if unskilled – labor. Second, they shift the costs of training from the employer to the employee. In effect, the employer holds off on hiring the employee until he or she has expended her own resources in the form of time and labor acquiring skills that the employer desires. Internships are thus much like professional education — a training cost that is bourn mainly by employees rather than employers.
Here’s a question: Why is the military different?