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Underage Workers Found at Foxconn Factory in China

Karson Yiu/ABC News(BEIJING) -- Foxconn Technology Group, the company that manufactures Apple’s iPhone, has confirmed reports that underage employees as young as 14 years old have been found working as interns at a factory site in China.

The company says the discovery was made during an internal investigation at its factory in Yantai.

"Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks," Foxconn said in a statement.  The company did not mention how many underage interns were found.

The workers were part of a government-sponsored internship program for students who are at least 16 years old -- the minimum age for employment in China.  They have since been sent back to their schools.

Foxconn, which is owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., says it has launched a full investigation into the matter.

"We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action.   Furthermore, any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated," the company said.

Foxconn is a major supplier of electronic components to large U.S. companies, including Apple and Microsoft.  While it did not specify which products were produced in the Yantai factory, the company said the "facility has no association with any work we carry out on behalf of Apple."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


How Much Does Facebook Pay Its Interns?

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With internships harder to come by in a sluggish economy and unpaid internships typical in many industries, the lucky college students who land a summer gig at Facebook have indeed found a friend.

According to salary information collected by, the average monthly pay for a software engineer intern at Facebook is reported to be over $6,000.

On average, 20 U.S. Facebook software engineer interns who reported their earnings on the online career information sharing community averaged a monthly salary of $6,225. Another six Facebook software engineer interns reported earnings that averaged $6,883 monthly.'s data further breaks down across U.S. cities in which Facebook's offices are located. At the Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, the reported average income a software engineer intern pockets comes in at $5,800 a month.

Facebook spokespeson Slater Tow stated that in addition to paying interns an attractive monthly salary, the company also "provides them with all the same benefits as normal employees – iPhone, laptop, gym access, three meals a day, all the amenities" made available at Facebook offices.

On, Facebook interns detail monthly salaries to be based on their year in school. In 2012, an anonymous user claims to be earning $6,200 a month as an undergraduate senior. Another anonymous user claimed to be earning $8,000 a month plus a tuition subsidy.

Other Internet firms pay top dollar as well to interns. A software engineer intern at Google in San Jose, Calif., earns $7,000 on average.

In addition to providing a sweet monthly salary, commenters posted that Facebook was supplementing their salaries with an additional $1,000 a month housing stipend. Not too bad for a company whose stock has fallen 26 percent below the initial public offering.

Many interns are not as lucky as the chosen ones at Facebook, and computer majors tend to command top pay. Long hours, menial tasks, and college credit supplemented for wages are just some of the difficulties that can plague eager undergraduates looking to climb up the corporate ladder earlier than their peers.

The publishing and fashion businesses seem to have their share of crummy internships. According to, the poorest-rated internship employers include Signature Direct Magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Proenza Schouler. placed Facebook at number 3 atop their list of 20 best paying internships in January 2012.

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