So I'm currently working a non-paid internship at a media firm in LA, two days a week. It takes me an hour to commute each way, and since my temping position isn't really turning up a lot of jobs for me, I'm losing money by continuing. I can't complain of course, as it gives me valuable connections and experience.
The problem is my boss' boss. She's insane. Dresses her pit bull up in frilly sweaters, bring it to work. Has dyslexia, and screams for people to shut up when more than one person is talking at the same time in a conference or meeting. That's fine, Hollywood's full of crazies. The thing is, I was hired as my boss' personal assistant, even if her boss is her superior. I like the person I'm directly under; she's fair and keeps me busy enough.
Since I'm only doing two days a week, it's not too much a strain on my wallet; I do small tech support jobs on the side for family friends, so gas and lunch money isn't too bad a problem; I just can't save up for anything, and my gas needle is perpetually hovering near E. However, the crazy boss wants me to come in a full five days a week, and today, after my boss left for a weekend vacation, she immediately gave me a ton of tasks, sidetracking me from the tasks I was given. At the same time, she asked me if I could start coming in a full five days a week.
I explained to her my financial situation, and she told me that she'd be willing to pay me a bit, like around 30 bucks a week to help with gas. Even then, that wouldn't be anywhere near enough, and I can't afford to take this internship five days a week.
She's unwilling to bend on this matter, so for now, I told her an unconvincing maybe. This lady's well connected, and sticking it through would be beneficial in the long run, but at the present, I simply cannot afford to do it. My direct boss is away on vacation, I'll take it up with her as soon as she gets back, and hopefully they can sort things out.
What I want to know is; are there any labor laws regarding interns? I looked through California's labor laws, but I didn't see anything regarding internships. Am I screwed here? The boss' boss is the crazy type of lady that would fire me for disagreeing, and I can't afford that either.