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That companies should be required to pay interns

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BlackflagBlackflag (PRO)
There has been a movement among college youth. It is a requirement to undergo an internship process in the field you're majoring. Most corporations see this as an ample opportunity. The intern gets experience and the corporation gets free labor. Fair in most peoples eyes, but when we delve deeper, we see more problems arising with the concept. Interns are subject to harder working conditions than employees. All while struggling to live with no pay.

For your average college student, this is a tremendous burden to uphold. Throughout this debate, we will push all the ways in which paying interns would improve the life of the internet and the health of the corporation. We will have convinced you that corporations should ideally be paying their interns by the end of this debate.
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2014-12-09 22:27:32
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BlackflagBlackflag
My opinion changes based on the wording of the topic. Should companies pay interns? Yes. Should companies be required to pay interns? I really do not think so.
Posted 2015-01-09 04:25:46
nzlockienzlockie
I think this is an interesting topic. Good arguments for both sides and while I have a slight preference I can be persuaded to go either way on this issue in real life.
Posted 2015-01-09 03:37:42
BlackflagBlackflag
Wow, maybe we should debate this with me as the negative
Posted 2015-01-06 19:56:54
MrsdianaMrsdiana
Companies should pay a small amount of money to interns because they are doing something to benefit the corporation. In order to motivate any employee to do his or her best work, a company needs to compensate them fairly. If a person is too worried about paying bills or angry that their efforts aren't being recognized, he or she will not be as productive of an employee. For an internship to be successful, an intern should get a small salary for his or her efforts. Additionally, the money can go to pay for their daily needs like shelter, transportation and clothing, so that they can present themselves acceptably for the job. If the company does not want to pay the intern, they should at least provide basic accomodation near the workplace and food, so the intern can survive.
Posted 2015-01-06 09:49:55
MrsdianaMrsdiana
Companies should pay a small amount of money to interns because they are doing something to benefit the corporation. In order to motivate any employee to do his or her best work, a company needs to compensate them fairly. If a person is too worried about paying bills or angry that their efforts aren't being recognized, he or she will not be as productive of an employee. For an internship to be successful, an intern should get a small salary for his or her efforts. Additionally, the money can go to pay for their daily needs like shelter, transportation and clothing, so that they can present themselves acceptably for the job. If the company does not want to pay the intern, they should at least provide basic accomodation near the workplace and food, so the intern can survive.
Posted 2015-01-06 09:49:49
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2015-01-04 22:32:04
JohnMaynardKeynesJudge: JohnMaynardKeynes
Win awarded to: Blackflag
Reasoning:
Well, this debate was a bit of a let-down in light of the forfeits. Obviously Pro takes this because he was the only person who offered any arguments at all and didn't forfeit every single round. There wasn't any discussion of framework or burden analysis, so I defaulted to a shared burden of proof under a normative resolution, as we can't immediately transition from an "is" to an "ought," the latter of which would have, in the typical format of a policy debate, placed the BOP on the person advocating for a change in the status quo. In the end, Pro didn't exactly persuade me toward his side, though he alone offered a case, if a short one, so he wins this debate rightfully.

Feedback:
What else can I really say here? Con, you shouldn't forfeit every round. It sort of defeats the entire purpose of this website.

Pro, I think it may have been helpful if you were to flesh out some of your points a tad more, even with the forfeits--for instance, you mentioned that interns are subject to harder working conditions than regular employees. Why is this the case? This would have been a really strong point if you were able to evidence it. Also, I think it would be wise to establish some sort of criteria for judgment--i.e., how should we, the judges, view these arguments? You don't exactly need to frame this as an LD debate with a value and criteria, but at least tell us what the scope of the debate is--morality, cost-benefit, both, etc. If you chose morality, as it appears to me you did, you may want to convince us that it would be, say, utilitarian for employers to pay interns. Moral arguments without an optimal moral framework doesn't provide us with a way to weigh competing moral claims, and makes it almost impossible for us to access impacts. So, in the future, you may want to consider that.
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2015-01-05 19:25:52
nzlockieJudge: nzlockie    TOP JUDGE
Win awarded to: Blackflag
2015-01-06 02:09:02
Unbelievable.TimeJudge: Unbelievable.Time
Win awarded to: Blackflag
2015-01-06 08:39:22
adminJudge: admin    TOP JUDGE
Win awarded to: Blackflag
2015-01-10 01:28:47
WyltedJudge: Wylted
Win awarded to: Blackflag

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