Recently, Viacom has had a lawsuit against them for not paying their interns for the years of 2011-2012. This major coorporation - which owns companies such as Comedy Central, CBS, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, etc. - has failed to provide their interns (which have typically worked 2-3 days a week for 7-8 hours) the $505 untaxed dollars they deserve.

This raises a question that has been debated pretty frequently and more recently. Should all interns get paid? Being a Philadelphia native and a current intern, I can see that it is especially harder for smaller companies that have trouble making ends meet but larger and more successful companies should at least consider minimum wage payouts. It is unfair. I have known others that have sacrificed every inch of their being just for the sake of the job. Which is pretty understandable and admirable but to not get paid is a whole other level of degradation.

According to an article I read about internship payouts, there are guidelines that differentiates between which internships should get paid or not.

You're paid if: * Interns are woking over 40 hours (Like a full-time job). * May have a possible position with the company towards the end.

Unpaid if: * It is an educational and training environment. * Intern is not displacing anybody in the company. * Not entitled to a job at the end of the internship. * Understanding that there are no wages.

Every internship hands out a consent form in which the internee signs, understanding all of these condition. Especially if it's unpaid. Check out this article for more information regarding as to why internships should pay their interns no matter what. Also, click on source above to read more about the Viacom lawsuit.