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In 2009, Eric Glatt had what sounded like the opportunity of a lifetime. After working on a few low budget documentary films, he applied for a chance to become an unpaid intern in a big budget film for Fox that he thought could really be something special. The name of that film? The Black Swan. Related: 6 Reasons Internships Are A Must In College When he finally started working, he came to notice something interesting - he was doing the exact same work he was doing on paid gigs! Except he had "intern" in his job title, and he wasn't getting paid. What followed was a groundbreaking lawsuit that led to the district judge ruling in favor of Eric getting at least minimum wage, and opened the door to a bunch of successful illegal internship lawsuits in a variety of industries. From New York Times articles to political cartoons, everybody seems to be exposing these illegal internships as the exploitative, inequality promoting, pro-business-gone-wild travesties they are. But is that the whole story?

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A growing number of universities now require students to complete an internship before graduation. If I ran a university, I would seriously consider doing the same. Before we get into why internships are so valuable, I’d like to take a moment to say not all internships are created equal. Related: How I Got An Internship With A Millionaire I’m guessing you did a lot of research before choosing your college -- you need to do the same thing before committing to an internship. Find something relevant to your career path and with a reputable organization, then enjoy these six advantages over your non-interning classmates:

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