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Title: Intern labor in China
Other Titles: 中国实习劳工
Authors: Chan, J 
Keywords: Intern labor
Student workers
Vocational schools
Labor agencies
The state
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Brill
Source: Rural China : an international journal of history and social science (中国乡村研究), 2017, v. 14, no. 1, p. 82-100 How to cite?
Journal: Rural China : an international journal of history and social science (中国乡村研究) 
Abstract: Internships have become integral to the development of vocational education in China. This article looks into the quasi-employment arrangements of student interns, who occupy an ambiguous space between being a student and being a worker at the point of production. Some employers recruit interns on their own, while others secure a supply of student labor through coordinated support of provincial and lower-level governments that prioritize investments, as well as through subcontracting services of private labor agencies. The incorporation of teachers into corporate management can strengthen control over students during their internships. While interns are required to do the same work as other employees, their unpaid or underpaid working experiences testify that intern labor is devalued. Exposés of abuses, such as using child labor in the guise of interns, have pressured the Chinese state and companies to eventually take remedial action. Reclaiming student workers’ educational and labor rights in the growing intern economy, however, remains contested.
Description: The journal has 2 editions with same content. The China edition is published by Fujian Education Press and International edition is published by Brill.
For this publication, full text is available at the China edition
ISSN: 2213-6738
EISSN: 2213-6746
DOI: 10.1163/22136746-01401005
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