AWN Forums get a lot of folks querying about internships, and there's a few "offers" looking for interns out there. There's a lot of myths, misinformation and confusion out there too.
If you are looking for internships, then this is the sort of thing that you need to be aware of and investigate. There are hard questions to ask, to be asked, and if you are in an internship right now, you might want to take stock of the situation and find out what your rights might be.
The linked article provides some small background on the internship regulations in one Canadian province and the USA--its not universal coverage by a long shot. Your situation may well be different, depending on the laws and standards in your hometown/homeland.
Look, some folks out there don't want you to learn about the legal stuff--they say that artists should be all about creativity, passion etc.
Learn about this stuff, get the truth. Let the info serve you.
If your rights are being abused, call the abuser on it. If you live and work within the jurisdictions where regulations like these apply, and you are having demands placed on you while interning in a animation situation, then understand that you are being wronged and that you can claim restitution.
Its been a long time mantra of some folks around here: do not work for free.
Do not work for free, unless you fully understand what your rights and the conditions are. Don't be taken advantage of. Don't assume--find out the facts as they apply to you and where you are. Don't the folks at the studio--oh c'mon.......they will lie to you. Find out the facts from your local government or labour board yourself.
This can make your career better, it can make your industry better--but you have to know what the reality is, and what you can do about it......and then if changes need to be made, to actually do something about it.
"We all grow older, we do not have to grow up"--Archie Goodwin ( 1937-1998)