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How have internships become almost as important as a college degree?
Why are prestigious internships routinely being auctioned off for thousands of dollars?
Why does Disney World in Orlando employ up to 8,000 interns through its College Program every year? 

Intern Nation is the first book aimed at a general readership documenting and analyzing the rise of internships in the modern workplace, a major new practice of the white-collar workplace and rite of passage for young people. The book draws on nearly four years of research, collecting the stories of dozens of individual interns and the testimony of employers, educators, economists, and labor experts. Among the topics covered the economic impact of internships, their role in young people's lives, the social inequalities they perpetuate, and their effect on particular industries.

First published in 2011, the book has generated an unprecedented discussion, virtually from scratch, about the dangerous new culture of unpaid work that young people face in the labor market. Widely reviewed and discussed, the results have galvanized a long overdue wave of discussion and activism across the US and the UK, including corporate policy changes, high-profile lawsuits, protests, and new advocacy efforts. 

Contact ross DOT perlin AT gmail DOT com to get involved.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Buy the book from Amazon HERE.

The Washington Post
“[E]ye-opening ... The book tackles a sprawling topic with earnestness and flair.”

The Guardian
“A portrait of how white-collar work is changing ... thought-provoking and at times jaw-dropping—almost a companion volume to Naomi Klein's celebrated 2000 exposé of modern sweatshops, No Logo.”

The New Yorker (password)
“Perlin contends that most internships are illegal, according to the Fair Labor and Standards Act, stripping people who are employees in all but name of workers’ rights.

The London Review of Books (password)
“A book that offers landmark coverage of its topic.”

The Boston Globe
“[A] blistering, highly entertaining attack on today’s internship culture.”

TIme Magazine

The Sunday Times (no link)
“[An] eye-opening, welcome exposé.”


“This vigorous and persuasive book ... argues that the fundamental issue is the growing contingency of the global workforce."