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Senators move to make State Department internships paid

Posted On: Apr 13, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Sen. Cory Booker just won his second term in November.
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Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott just introduced a bill to make State Department internships paid.
The bill would also help cover transportation and housing costs for State Department interns.
It's aimed at increasing diversity in the intern ranks and part of a larger paid internship movement.
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Unpaid internships have come under renewed scrutiny in recent days, as discourse has swirled online over their potential for exploitation and inequity. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even weighed in with a tweet on Monday , writing: "Pay your interns! It'll improve your operation and make it more diverse and just." Now, Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott are taking it one step further, introducing a bipartisan bill to make all State Department internships fully paid. Booker has already been an advocate for paid internships. In a press release, the duo cites declines in the...

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