Unless your parents can feed and house you in London or the suburbs your chances of surviving as an intern are practically zero. If you are reading this in a public relations office, a fashion house or a media newsroom, look around and you'll see that the workforce in most is far from diverse. However, it does seem that there is growing momentum for change.
Internships offer a chance for a young person to demonstrate their ability and suitability to an employer over a set period of time, usually at least three months. They apply hoping that if they do well there could be a permanent job for them at the end of that period. But many of these internships are unpaid. It is estimated that 92% of arts internships and 76% of PR internships are unpaid... That is really damaging for people from less well off backgrounds when internships have become a pre-requisite for graduates looking to access some professions.