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The USA has a century long precedent of certain protections for laborers. Child labor protections and regulated overtime pay are just as non-free than the "equal work, equal pay" mentality when it comes to intern abuse... For better or for worse.

There is also a century long precedent of unpaid internships, apprenticeships, etc.. This is a recent change in the workplace. I find it very odd, and restrictive that I can't work for free.

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