Carolyn Osorio recently wrote an op-ed for the USA Today about her unpaid internship with the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Osorio believed that the “fellow” position would be paid. Below are some excerpts.
“When Hillary announced her second run for the White House, I felt my passion for politics reignite. I quickly applied for and was offered a position as a Hillary for America fellow to work on the campaign. I couldn’t have been more excited — until I was told I’d have to move to Nevada and work full time on my own dime.”
“I couldn’t believe my ears. I did not apply as a routine volunteer but as a fellow. Its application process with an elaborate screening and interview process was now revealed to be an ugly lie. If Hillary hopes to inspire young people, to prove she understands our interests she should offer substance to earn our votes.”
“The campaign’s ‘cheapness’ is being lauded as a successful step away from her failure in 2008.”
“I had hoped a trailblazer would be more willing to break the mold of indentured servitude that haunts my generation. Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like discovering that Santa wasn’t real.”