Student Interns as Flex Workers

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Rod Ryon


This essay explores the origins of undergraduate student labor for credit, the experiential ideology which undergirds it, its place in an increasingly corporate influenced curriculum, and the responses which democratic reformers of higher education might make to it.  This last will consider whether the internship could or should be molded for "progressive" purposes, i.e., for community, non-profit, and even leftist political activities, or whether it should be outrightly savaged.

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