According to the Star Tribune, summer interns are faring better in the post-recession workplace.

“During and after the Great Recession of 2008-09, companies were rapped for hiring smart college kids, paying them nothing for internships, working them like dogs, all as they laid off workers. And the young ones were supposed to be thankful for the experience.

“Margaret Anderson Kelliher, chief executive of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) said employers generally are compensating, appreciating and grooming interns more. Moreover, young people add value, diverse perspectives and are viewed as potential hires as companies replace retiring baby boomers.”

Summer interns–at least in the tech sector–may no longer be relegated to making photocopies and fetching coffee.

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