Interesting read. I did an unpaid internship last semester in D.C. that also required college credit—so that’s an additional $750-900 bucks I’ll never get back—but the experience I received from it was priceless. It sounds incredibly cheesy, I know, but if I hadn’t done that internship, I wouldn’t have learned the ins and outs of the D.C. journalism scene. I worked for a summer the year before that at a fast food joint to save up for a possible internship the following year. It’s definitely possible to come from the lower middle class to work at an unpaid internship—because I did and so have many before me. Sure the journey can be difficult, but if you want it enough, you’ll work for it. You’ll plan, you’ll put in the hours ahead and you’ll pave your own way. For some, the carving of one’s career path via an unpaid internship is easier because of their family background. I do agree that it is hypocritical though that the White House advocates for increasing the minimum wage when they don’t even pay their own interns. But c’mon. Interning at the White House? You can’t get better networking opportunities than that.