White House Under Fire For Unpaid Internship Program

Pam Kruger
<b class="credit">Official White House Photo</b> President Obama addresses unpaid interns.
Official White House Photo President Obama addresses unpaid interns.

Last week Sheryl Sandberg's female-empowerment foundation found itself under fire for trying to hire an unpaid intern. The latest employer to be criticized for using unpaid interns? The White House.

A new group called the Fair Pay Campaign has been launched to target unpaid internships, and its first target is the White House and its unpaid internship program. "We have a minimum wage law in this country, and just because you call someone an intern doesn't mean you get out of it," Mikey Franklin, the leader of the Fair Pay Campaign, told CNNMoney.

The White House internship program is highly competitive, placing students in executive branch offices, according to its website. The interns work "at least Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm," the White House site says.