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Forget unpaid internships, some paid jobs also show privilege

  • Devina Heriyanto
    Devina Heriyanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /  12:04 pm
Forget unpaid internships, some paid jobs also show privilege Come to think of it, I get by because I do not have to financially support my family. I never feel the pressure to climb up the career ladder and move somewhere else for a better living. (Shutterstock/File)

What's a weekend in Indonesia without at least one raging debate on Twitter? This time, netizens debated unpaid internships and at the center of it was Gustika Jusuf-Hatta, the granddaughter of the country's founding father Mohammad Hatta. It began with a tweet by United States politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), who called for all internships to be paid. Gustika retweeted and commented that she disagreed with AOC.  This time I have to disagree with AOC. It's not that simple.

Sometimes we pursue unpaid internships for the experience exactly, networking, and more. Although if it's a for-profit organisation or company, they definitely should pay their interns. https://t.co/mZhHFyCWuu — Gustika 🌜 (@Gustika) July 26, 2019 "Sometimes we pursue unpaid internships for the experience exactly, networking and more. Although if ...