Unpaid Internships

Unpaid Internships and the Myth of Meritocracy

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

A proper meritocratic society would offer everyone the opportunity to secure the most coveted jobs in their field regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexuality and, of course, class. This would simultaneously promote social mobility and ensure that the most capable candidates are able enhance their chosen profession.

Unpaid Internships: Experience or Exploitation

Helen Sharpe | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Helen Sharpe

At no age should someone be sold the promise of valuable work experience and then be made to sit in an unwelcoming, toxic environment and made to act as a kitchen-cleaning, lunch-making, telephone-switchboard

More Needs to Be Done to End Unfair Internship Practices

Spencer Thompson | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

Already there are thousands of unpaid interns struggling to make ends meet, and even more who are turned away from professions not because of their skills, but because of their economic background. If we want our workforce to be a reflection of society instead of inequality then we need to widen access to internships, improve their quality, and make sure they are paid.

Unpaid Internships: The Other Side

Natasha Colyer | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Natasha Colyer

Unpaid internships have brought forth a plethora of heated debates over the past few years- cries of 'it's unfair' 'it's slave labour' have been at the forefront of discussion both within the media and within personal discussion...

Why We Need More Schemes Like London360

Usman Butt | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Usman Butt

I think I will always divide my life into two parts, before London360, and after London360. Before seeing the advert for volunteer positions at London360, I was like many young graduates, unemployed and down on my luck.

To Be or Not to Be... An Intern

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

While unpaid internships certainly present a big problem for socially mobile students, it would be wrong to dismiss the benefits that internships can provide; internships are a mutually beneficial exercise, especially when the employer makes them meaningful, and the intern learns and develops their skills (not in tea-making for varying tastes, of course).

Investing in the Future of Music Through Internships

Jo Dipple | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Dipple

UK Music is launching an Internship Code of Practice because we are committed to helping skilled and dedicated young people find a job in a music business. We also want to ensure a fairer workplace for budding music industry professionals. Offering paid internships is one way to ensure those entering the industry have an equal chance of developing their skills irrespective of their circumstance.

End Unpaid Internships by 2020? No, End Them Now

Tanya de Grunwald | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tanya de Grunwald

Where is the urgency? In those five years, how many hundreds of thousands of young people will have their career aspirations crushed, simply because they can't afford to work for free?

Unemployment May Be Down, But Unpaid Internships Keep Underemployment Up

Zahid Ayden | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

An internship can be a crucial learning curve for a student or graduate, bridging the gap between theoretical work and practical application. It is also an investment in the talent of tomorrow, where today's interns can be tomorrow's employers...

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

Rae Mullins | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 13.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.