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Court ruling stirs debate over intern pay

Recent decision backing compensation for college students reignites debate over the fairness of a long-embedded employment practice

Alexander Hayes of Boston doesn’t earn any money at his job editing hours of video shot at weddings and bar mitzvahs. Nonetheless, he says, he values the opportunity to pad his resume before he graduates from Emerson College.

“The whole not getting paid thing is totally a bummer,” says Hayes, 21, who added that paid editing jobs aren’t available for college students. “But I really do think the experience is worth it.”

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