Internships and unemployment go hand in hand

Jobcentre

“I won’t grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me. ” – Peter Pan The Office for National Statistics has published a set of rather dismal figures, which show that 1.02 million young people are without work. Shockingly, this means that one in five 16-24 year olds are unemployed; an all time high … Continue reading

Campaigning for a better deal for interns: the state of play

Underpaid, overworked, exploited. The plight of interns has started to become a political issue, especially since Nick Clegg threw his weight behind calls for interns to be paid for their work earlier this year. Driving the agenda are a range of organisations which are taking different approaches to the problem. The National Union of Journalists … Continue reading

The unglamorous life of an intern

Models on the catwalk at the New York Fashion Show, Autumn 2007

Working in the fashion industry conjures images of haute couture, catwalk shows and the latest trends. However, interning in the stylish world of fashion is extremely competitive, demanding and above all, exploitative. Charlotte Brooks, 22, a Fashion Communications graduate from Birmingham City University has been interning since she was 16. She has had work placements … Continue reading

Welcome to Exploited Interns

Child labourers at a Florida cigar factory, 1909

You’ve done the lengthy application, been down to the testing center (at your own expense), gone through three rounds of interviews — all for that coveted internship in the big city. Day one you arrive in newly purchased smart work attire, properly groomed, waiting in the reception to be whisked up into the swanky steel … Continue reading

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