I have a social media internship for $11/hr at a new startup company. This was fine when there was another intern to help me out with duties and projects. The other intern had to quit due to school issues, so it's just me now. Recently, the founder of the company asked for my input on how to further their brand outreach. I provided a ton of ideas, as I'm a recent graduate with a PR/AD degree and I wanted to be helpful.
Now the founder wants me to implement all of the ideas I suggested to him. These are ideas that an actual PR consultant and social media manager would implement at a cost of $50k-60k a year. Being instructed to take on the job of a full-time professional at my low pay rate was my fear in the first place. They are limiting my work hours to 11 hours this week, because they want to estimate how long it will take for me to complete the work, as it is a virtual internship. Now I feel I'm being misled, because they said it would be 15 hours every week, and I was really counting on the paycheck. On top of that, adding all of the extra work handling actual public relations duties, plus creating content for their social media pages, it is going to take me way longer than their time limit.
Besides smaller issues at this startup that I am experiencing... what do I do or say to the founder and product manager to not feel like I'm being taken advantage of? I am basically replacing an actual employee at this point, and the responsibilities they have given me are much more than a normal internship as I've had in the past. I'm more than willing to help take on more, but I'll need to be given more hours or compensated more.