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letters | the value of an unpaid internship

There was a time when employers were eager to train, and pay, new hires

From my time in high-tech management, I feel that Edward L. Glaeser has the wrong approach in his Oct. 31 op-ed “High value in unpaid internships.” I base this on two experiences that I had during my career — both situations in which trained and experienced individuals were not available.

The first was while managing a Digital Equipment Corporation field office in Dallas, Texas. We could not find enough experienced field-service candidates, so DEC put in place a program in which we targeted female candidates whom we felt were trainable. The accepted candidates were hired, sent to a DEC facility to be trained, and then returned to the hiring office. The program was a resounding success.

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