Intrax’s internship programs cost from around $5,600 to $7,900. That includes placement, visa help, housing, a global skills training course, cultural activities, insurance and individual support, he said. Airfare is extra, and very rarely are students paid. “Some companies offer a stipend; we don’t arrange that,” Mr. Roma said.
Karl Marx predicted this with his famous line. In fact, it’s worth repeating the whole paragraph:
In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!
Today, those with no useful skills happily collect welfare, while for the rich, labor is not about making money but about “life’s prime want” which they want so badly that they are willing to pay more money for the opportunity to work for two months than most poor people in the world earn in a year.
Karl Marx was wrong in predicting the end of the bourgeoisie—in fact, only the bourgeoisie get to experience the joy of self-actualizing work—but he deserves much credit for getting some of it right. The future is a very hard thing to predict.