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Northwestern Scams Its Journalism Students Out Of Thousands Of Dollars


Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism charges its students $15,040 in tuition to work as full-time unpaid interns at places like CNN, Self and WGN Chicago, during their journalism residency. In turn these companies pay Northwestern’s Medill, $1,250 per student they use. So the school is charging it’s students thousands of dollars then getting paid by companies for acting as a middle man for these internships.

Here’s what journalism students get in return,”Students receive academic credit and a small stipend from the university for relocation expenses, ranging from $600 to $1,200. The most generous stipend amounts to just $2.72 an hour — far below the federal minimum wage.” The worst part is that Medill forbade students from getting second jobs to supplement the nearly $0 they were making.

Internships are necessary to make it in writing and journalism fields and there is something to be said about having a semester where you are working full-time instead of taking classes—it’s a great learning experience. However, not everyone can afford to go to school and not have a job. To treat someone like a staff member and not pay them at least minimum wage is not only cruel, it’s illegal. Furthermore to forbid students from getting another job so that they can maybe have a fighting chance in this business is just horrific.

As part of its Internship Investigations project, the journalism non-profit ProPublica decided to expose and discuss what exactly was going on at Northwestern. Read the rest here.

Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.