Had a discussion with a fellow intern today about the 2,000 hour requirement. She thinks that after the contracted 2,000 hours, interns should be free to leave and have fulfilled their requirement. I commented that it's pretty much understood that most interns will accumulate well over 2,000 hours in their internship year (hell I've heard stories of this happening before Christmas). Also commented that it would possibly burn bridges leaving before a year has transpired. This seems like a pretty important issue that hasn't been explored (2,000 hours vs. 1 yr)-- anyone have insight into this? I was surprised looking into the contractual stuff that this isn't more specifically laid out. Her conversation also got me to thinking-- some of the lower paying intern slots might actually pay interns lower than minimum wage. This also seems important (in light of the Internship Nightmare thread where an intern might be taking legal action against her site).