Unpaid Internships

Youth Power: The Film Premiere with a Difference. #SwingTheVote

Rae Mullins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Mullins

A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.

Company Under Fire After Offering Six Month Unpaid Internships Totalling Nearly 5,500 Hours Of Work

The Huffington Post UK | Sian Elvin | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

An interior design business has come under fire for offering six unpaid "voluntary internships" totalling nearly 5,500 hours of work and equating to m...

Avoid the Trap of Unpaid Internships - 5 Alternative Ways to Add to Your CV

Jenna Allcock | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenna Allcock

Don't be fooled into thinking unpaid internships are an essential stop on the route to graduate employment - there are alternative ways to add to your CV and land a great graduate job without spending months on end in unpaid labour!

Fashion Internships: Not the Devil Wears Prada Edition

Madalina Ciobanu | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madalina Ciobanu

People were friendly and joked around, no one snapped at colleagues or interns, everyone said 'please' and 'thank you'. I was given articles to write and each of them was published on the website, with my byline. The online editor would take time to go through each article with me, explaining what I did right and what I could improve on, as well as teaching me how to use the CMS, Google Analytics etc.

Why Unpaid Internships Represent a System for the Few Not the Many

Liam Beattie | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

No workers should have to settle for a race to the bottom, whether it's in terms of rights, pay or working conditions. But this is exactly what is happening when our generation cries discrimination over six-month internships that pay nothing; we are expected to take this because in the long-run it will pay for itself.

It's Time for the UK Government to Take Serious Action for Graduate Employment

Max Sobell | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Max Sobell

The UK is a massively ageing population, and whilst I am not advocating letting grannies freeze to death, there does need to be a redistribution of money from somewhere towards providing young people with opportunities. Young people are ultimately the future drivers of an economy and we should be investing in their future, whilst attempting to diversify our economy.

Composing a Career - Work Placements in the Music Industry

Mark Featherstone-Witty | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Featherstone-Witty

It was announced recently that HMRC plans to crack down heavily on music companies found to be exploiting interns. While on the surface this sounds like good news, it could in fact create problems for some young people looking to gain experience in this industry.

Das Praktikum vs. the Internship: Lessons From Germany

Nick de Taranto | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick de Taranto

Germany today is the European exemplar to which the UK commentariat regularly doffs its cap. The British right admires its robust and competitive economy and the left applauds its ability to square late capitalism with residues of social democracy.

Hackney's Stripclubs Are in Danger of Being Shut Down for Exploitation, But Just Who Is Exploiting Whom?

Christina Franks | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

As an ex dancer, I know what to feels like to be exploited. Ten years ago, I worked in one of the slightly less seedy establishments around Bethnal Green, on the strip that runs up towards Shoreditch. It wasn't my first time.

A Fashion Intern's Diary: The Highs and Lows of Unpaid Life in London

Bryony Moss | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bryony Moss

As my time at Hand & Lock comes to an end I've been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of being an intern...

Internships May Be Modern Day Slavery - But Don't Take That Chance Away From Me

Olivia Haddow | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Haddow

I wake up at 6.15am to take the train to work (commuting from mum and dad's, the intern's lot) and most days I wake up before the alarm goes off, buzzing for a new day. This is a pretty strange feeling, I must admit, but it's bloody brilliant. So, like I said, don't take this opportunity away from me - it's my only chance to get on the career ladder.

I'm an Intern, Not an Idiot

Tish Weinstock | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tish Weinstock

Without internships, you can kiss goodbye to gaining critical experience; wave farewell to school credit; bid adieu to making friends, those future stars of fashion; and pretty much forget about getting your name in print. Everybody starts out as an intern; it's a rite of passage. And, the longer you can stick it out as one, the greater the chance of ultimately getting a job..

Let's Get Rid of Unpaid Internships, We're Not Made of Airports

Matt Lacey | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Lacey

It's difficult to think of a greater embodiment of wealthy people being able to purchase advantage for their offspring and puts me in mind of an excellent Simpsons scene where Montgomery Burns attempts to buy a place at his alma mater for his son, who is so stupid that Yale set the price of entry as being 'an international airport'.

Lucy Sherriff

JOY Withdraws Six To Twelve Month Unpaid Internship Position

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A high street fashion retailer has withdrawn a six-month unpaid internship but has been dubbed "arrogant" after not apologising. JOY removed the ad...

Stop Unpaid Internships, and Graduate - Be More Proactive

Alex Sullivan | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Sullivan

It's a familiar situation to many of us. You've just graduated from University and it's time to find a job. However, these days it's not so simple as ...

Are You Having a Mid-twenties Crisis?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Madeleine Dodd

We're not 'hot young talent', we're the most disposable, and once disposed of we'll probably have to work for free again. Britain's brutally uncertain jobs market is the perfect clammy breeding ground for a mid-twenties crisis.

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Unpaid Interns and Medieval Peasants. Comrades in Arms?

Will Manners | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Manners

What then do the companies offering unpaid internships care about more? The future job prospects of those who work for them? Or the opportunity to freely load onto them un-enviable, dull, un-fulfilling tasks which no-one else wants to do?

Volunteer Stories: Fiji Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I decided to take part in the Volunteer Abroad Journalism project because, having graduated from university in June, I wanted to have something in the pipeline that would incorporate travel AND work experience.

There's a Growing Momentum for Change on Intern Exploitation

Martin Frizell | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Martin Frizell

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.

Unpaid Internships: Are We Undervaluing Our Interns?

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Clare Dyckhoff

There is no such thing as a free lunch, especially when companies do not stretch to cover travel and/or lunch expenses for their interns. Why should free labour be any different? Upon asking a number of soon-to-be graduates about their unpaid and paid internship experience, the result whether they were worthwhile was varied.

What Will It Take?

James Dunn | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Dunn

This move by graduates to turn away from traditional offers of work is to me the real hope for my generation's future. While the amount of graduates searching for jobs still vastly outweighs the vacancies in the traditional market we need to encourage and support those willing to create their own jobs.

Charity Sector Must Address Criticisms Following Six Figure Salary Revelations

Mischa Wilmers | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Mischa Wilmers

How charitable is the charity sector? It depends who you ask. If you are the executive of one of Britain's leading foreign aid charities you are likely to give a positive answer, but then you would be a beneficiary of this generosity of spirit. If, however, you are one of thousands of unpaid interns currently working for free for charities across the UK, you might be inclined to disagree.

Lucy Sherriff

Alexander McQueen's Unpaid Internship Slammed As 'Despicable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The president of a top arts university has penned an angry letter to Alexander McQueen's office following an advertisement for an 11 month-long unpaid...

MPs Get a Pay Rise, But What About the Interns?

Jamie Maclachlan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Maclachlan

It sounds strange to most people, but there are people out there who are seriously into their politics. I count myself as one of them. I cannot fail to be intrigued by the gladiatorial battles of the British political system. From the latest parliamentary skirmishes over the dispatch box to the clashes in the committee rooms over the fine points of legislation, I am hooked.