On Sunday, the Hillary Clinton campaign caused a stir on social media with a tweet offering potential campaign interns free coffee and “great views.” One thing was missing, however. The campaign expects interns to work for free even though Clinton has adopted a populist tone on jobs.
According to the campaign tweet, interns get “free coffee” along with “great views” and a “chance to make history.” The tweet links to an application page that says “HFA is an unpaid internship program.”
Moreover, those seeking to work for Clinton must “[c]ertify that he/she will not accept compensation from any outside organization (including college or university funds) for participating in the HFA Internship Program.” The program is only open to those “currently enrolled in a two or four-year accredited institution, currently enrolled in a graduate or an advanced degree program, or recently graduated from a two or four-year accredited institution with the intent to enroll in a graduate program.”
Ironically, Twitchy said, Clinton went on a tear about how graduating college students are not able to find good-paying jobs after promoting the intern position. “Students should never have to take out a loan to pay for tuition at their state’s public university,” she tweeted.
She then suggested colleges be held accountable if students can’t get good-paying jobs. “If schools load students up with debt for programs that don’t lead to good-paying jobs, they should be accountable, too,” she said.
The Twitchy staff posed a question to Clinton based on the three tweets: “If candidates load up students with debt for internships that don’t pay minimum wage, should they be held accountable, too?” Clinton did not respond to the question. Twitter users, however, mocked her for the unpaid internship offer.
“So, you make millions, rake in millions in campaign contribution but are to (sic) cheap to pay your help,” one person said. Another person said Clinton “should pay interns. She makes more in one speech that families make in 4-5 years, shame on #Hillary2016.”
“[F]ree coffee and views don’t matter,” another person told Clinton. “People expect a decent wage; interns are no exception. Don’t exploit them.”
“Noted multi-millionaire would like you to work for $0 per hour,” added another critic. One person said Clinton’s call for unpaid interns “shows how seriously she takes the need for a living wage.”
Several Twitter users asked if Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist running against Clinton, pays his interns. Several responded by saying he pays $12.00 per hour.
According to a July article at the Daily Caller, the Sanders campaign pays interns $12.00 per hour, citing the campaign website. Sanders, however, recently introduced a measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.