A good friend challenged me to consider the higher calling that Christians have to abide by the law, participate in commerce that promotes justice and equality, and be change makers in systems that are broken.
Here's what I understand:
2. Companies or organizations that offer paid internships are allowed to assign any work they want to interns, assuming they abide by other Federal labor regulations like meeting minimum wage requirements.
Clear? To read more, check out this New York Times article
This issue about internships brings up important issues about what it means to be Christians in the marketplace.
Are Christian employers required by law and God to uphold fair and ethical labor practices? Yes, of course- and more. Christian employers need to set the bar high for caring for its employees. Consider great companies founded by and run by followers of Jesus: In N Out, Chick-fil-A, Datron World Communications...companies renowned for their reputation of taking care of the employees and going above-and-beyond.
The question becomes much trickier, though, from the intern's point of view. What if I want to break into an industry or company, but the only clear route to gaining the experience, exposure and relationships I need to give myself a shot at a job is through an unethical and illegal internship?
What will you do? Let's figure this out together...