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should review the regulations established by the US Department of Labor in Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act before accepting unpaid positions. If a student's present unpaid expe- rience does not meet these six educational standards, encourage self-defense, as their advisors are breaking the law. Such self-advo- cacy can work; in one of many recent intern- instigated trials, two unpaid interns who worked on the Oscar-winning film Black Swan won a landmark case against 20th Century Fox upon testifying that they car- ried out menial work with little educational value, contrary to US Department of Labor regulations for unpaid positions. Ultimately, the decision is personal: if one disagrees with the practice, one should not participate. Yet, if an unpaid internship is accepted, it should be done so consciously and actively, so to enhance one's education, protect one's rights, and decrease class dis- crimination. LEAH FESSLER is a graduate of Wellesley High School and is currently a junior studying English Literature at Middlebury College. She can be reached via e-mail at LeahFessler8@gmail.com. 1 www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/03/21/ nine-steps-to-getting-the-internship-you-want/ 2 The Supreme Court established six factors in decid- ing whether an unpaid internship was legal in Walling v. Portland Terminal Co. These factors are explained in this article: www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2013/04/ 19/6-legal-requirements-for-unpaid-internship- programs/ 6 part test for legality of unpaid internship as defined by DOL: www.dol.gov/whd/regs/ compliance/whdfs71.htm (Fact sheet 71) 43 s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e opinion sound off town green my turn 040-043_WWMa14_forum_internships_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/1/14 3:25 PM Page 43

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