Edward L. Glaeser is hitting the nail on the head with regard to developing and promoting skill-based internships (“High value in unpaid internships,” Op-ed, Oct. 31). Internships provide the first rung on the career ladder for many young people. They have their root in apprenticeships, a practice that demanded as much from mentors as from apprentices.
Last summer, the American City Coalition hosted six paid internships in community-based organizations across the city. It was a positive experience for the interns and the organizations they served. But the positive experience was the result of a coordinated effort to develop challenging and rewarding projects for interns and to create an environment with high expectations.