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Viterbo University says student internships will be for pay only

LA CROSSE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A Wisconsin Catholic college says it will guarantee that all business students will get paid for their internships, starting next fall.  Viterbo University of La Crosse made the announcement yesterday, as more businesses require students to work for free to get experience while in school. 

Business school dean Tom Knothe said students should not have to choose between making money, and preparing for careers.  Viterbo requires business students to complete internships.  About 70-percent of them came with wages last year. 

Viterbo has over 2,800 students at campuses in La Crosse, West Allis, and Des Moines Iowa.  The school says it has grants to pay students who work in non-profit groups that cannot afford to hire interns.