According to an article in the newspaper Le Monde dated September 11, and the New York Times, September 10, Chinese universities have pushed students to contract internships in Foxconn factories to ensure the production rates of the all-new Iphone 5 on behalf of Apple. These students are paid the equivalent of € 192 to work 6 days a week and 12 hours a day and were originally recruited by Foxconn to do internships related to their studies. The pressure of the production schedule would have led Foxconn to finally employ these students on its production lines. Schools and universities appear to have been forced by the authorities to requisition additional work force from the ranks of students.
Foxconn formally denies these assertions and replies that she has”Has a long-term internship policy in collaboration with vocational training schools in China. The participants in this internship program are all of legal age to work in China and represent 2.7% of its workforce. Its program extends from one to six months, and students are free to leave it at any time ”(source Le Monde, 11/09/2012).