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Dominic Peacock, an unpaid summer intern by day with the National Congress of American Indians, works his night job at the Bar Dupont in Washington, D.C. (Al Drago / The New York Times)

Working for free: How unpaid interns get by

Thousands of interns have descended on the nation’s capital, hoping to gain connections and work experience — and unlike private companies, the government and nonprofit organizations don’t have to pay them.