- Publisher: Verso Books
- Format: Paperback | 258 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 25mm | 363g
- Publication date: 16 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844678830
- ISBN 13: 9781844678839
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 335,197
Every year, between one and two million Americans work as interns. They famously shuttle coffee in a thousand newsrooms, congressional offices, and Hollywood studios, but they also deliver aid in Afghanistan, build the human genome, and pick up garbage. Ross Perlin's book is the first expose of the exploitative world of internships, and its hardcover publication precipitated a torrent of media coverage in the US and UK. In this witty, astonishing, and serious investigative work, Perlin profiles fellow interns, talks to academics and professionals about what unleashed this phenomenon, and explains why the intern boom is perverting workplace practices around the world. Insightful and humorous, Intern Nation will transform the way we think about the culture of work.
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ROSS PERLIN is a graduate of Stanford, SOAS and Cambridge. He has written for the New York Times, Time magazine, Lapham's Quarterly, the Guardian, Daily Mail and openDemocracy. He is researching disappearing languages in China.
"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." New Yorker; "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 expose of modern sweatshops, No Logo." Andy Beckett, Guardian; "A compelling investigation of a trend that threatens to destroy 'what's left of the ordered world of training, hard work and fair compensation' - Full of restrained force and wit, this is a valuable book on a subject that demands attention." Observer; "This vigorous and persuasive book ... argues that the fundamental issue is the growing contingency of the global workforce." Roger D. Hodge, Bookforum; "A book that offers landmark coverage of its topic." Andrew Ross, London Review of Books.