I am an IT consultant, and did work for a law firm here in Arizona. And they had me setup a station for the intern, which I did as I was told, etc. Now this UNPAID intern was doing real work, for no money, but he is getting college credit I believe. I heard that once the intern is done, they will not have plans for him to stay on the firm as a paying employee, he will just be done, and sent packing. Instead, I believe they will just pick up another unpaid intern and continue this sad trend. Now, there was a point in time when getting an internship would eventually land you a job, but now it seems like in 2011, it is just a way for companies to get free labor...with no plans of even fully hiring the intern. This kind of behavior disgusts me, and makes people not even want to bother with internships. It used to be that 75% of unpaid interns get hired, and now it seems that the number keeps dwindling and dwindling.