Unpaid Internships

It's Never Too Late To Be An Intern

Alexandra Johnson | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Johnson

Starting over in the working world doesn't have to be a daunting experience, in fact if you think of it as 'evolving' rather than changing your career, you might just approach the opportunity with renewed vigour.

Are Unpaid Internships Becoming The New Norm?

Vahe Boghosian | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Vahe Boghosian

The speaker from the careers event I attended and many others argue all students, whether they're privileged or not, who are hard workers would work overtime and nights if necessary to fund their internship and career progression.

Unpaid Internships Should Not Be Banned By Government

Liam Bywater | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Bywater

If internships are scrapped then fellow students like myself won't receive opportunities from companies and as a result we will find it more difficult to obtain a job

Unpaid Internships... It's Still Not What You Know

Sally Holt | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sally Holt

As far as I can see, your ability to write, articulate, heal or lead is not inherently linked to your parents' wealth. It is our society which makes it so.

Recent Graduate: Dear David Cameron, why do we have to work for free?

Simon Doherty | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Doherty

Dear Mr Cameron, I'm writing to see if you will be supporting a change in legislation to address the vicious cycle of exploitation of recent graduates, disparity in the creative industries, and the block in social mobility that all this brings.

Unseen Within the United Nations

Teuta Turani | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Teuta Turani

The understanding that my status as an unpaid intern and the roles assigned to me could indeed be questioned was not immediate. The over-idealization of the UN, had made my fellow interns and I see it as an aspiration, quite naive to what could be the consequences of free labour.

Why I Deleted Internships From My Graduate Job Search: 2016 Graduate Advice

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

Within the creative industry there is a perception that graduates are desperate. Certain professions like those within medical industries wouldn't dr...

We Need More Working Class Journalists

James Cropper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

We all know journalism does a lot of reporting but it is about time that the industry addresses this problem, which ironically exists under its very nose. If it does, a more diverse range of voices will have a platform to be expressed which can only lead to a more democratic industry.

The Internal Struggle

Ross Semple | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ross Semple

I'm trying not to be too negative. It could still turn around. I could get a job tomorrow. Maybe one day I'll have my dream job where I'll be paid for my work. I'll laugh with my colleagues and have business lunches until one day ... So I beat on, scouring the internet for jobs, borne back ceaselessly into the couch.

Intern Europa: The Way Young People Join the Workforce Is In a Continent-Wide State of Collapse

Nick de Taranto | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK
Nick de Taranto

Across Europe public institutions and private companies are manifestly failing to incorporate the young into the workforce and even when they do pay is often derisory.

Designer Brands Charging for Advertising NOT Quality - Look at the Label

Heidy Rehman | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

With fast fashion brands, most customers assume their cheap clothes are a direct reflection of low-cost manufacturing. This is correct in some respects. As highlighted in the table, around 40% of a garment's price is allocated to its production.

Defending the Right to Health

Olivia Murphy | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Talented health professionals from across the world are our greatest hope for realising the universal right to health in an increasingly challenging world. For this to happen, equitable access to global health training is essential. For if WHO is to be a truly global guardian of health, its workforce, and thus its interns, must be global too.

How Can a Social Network Tackle Diversity Issues Within the Creative Industries

Ciarán Burke | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Ciarán Burke

It is fair to say that Facebook has revolutionised social interactions for most people. Whilst, once, friends would call each other on their parents' landline during the evening to catch up, now they are constantly connected in a network where information, news and events enrich and improve the lives of all members.

We'll End Long-Term Unpaid Internships

Chris Bryant | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Bryant

When the first ladder in a career in the creative industries requires a financial leg-up, it is little wonder that it was almost impossible to spot a black face at the BAFTA and Olivier Awards ceremonies this year.

Unpaid Internships and the Myth of Meritocracy

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 25.05.2015 | 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 20.04.2015 | 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 Duke | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Duke

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...