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Chuck Schumer’s listing for an unpaid intern gets ripped apart (updated)

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People aren’t happy.

Update 3:55pm CT, Dec. 3: A spokesman for Senator Schumer’s office told the Daily Dot that the post was made in error and that “eligible” interns for Schumer will receive stipends in January.

The original story appears below. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is apparently looking for an unpaid press intern, sparking outrage from people online who called the posting hypocritical.

The job posting was pointed out by Michael Whitney, a newsletter editor for the Intercept.

The posting calls for unpaid interns to work full-time and handle numerous tasks in the minority leader’s press office including: writing press releases, answering questions from reporters, and compiling press clips.

Many people on Twitter found the unpaid internship disingenuous considering Schumer has supported the idea of a $15 minimum wage.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Schumer heralded the idea of a minimum wage increase to $15 as part of the “Better Deal” initiative from Democrats.

As Mic notes, it is not unusual for members of Congress not to pay interns—however, several members of Congress do pay interns. Earlier this summer the Times reported that there was a proposal to allocate $5 million for paying interns in the Senate.

Schumer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Daily Dot.

The idea of Schumer not paying interns was not met well with people on Twitter.

Pay your interns.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).