‘I’ve done 7 internships…it’s soul-destroying’

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Journalists’ union fights for intern rights

Fiona O’Cleirigh, a member of the National Union of Journalists proposed a project to help the plight of interns. With the support of the union’s then general secretary Jeremy Dear, Ms O’Cleirigh launched the Cashback for Interns campaign. The NUJ campaign invites former or current media interns who have not been paid to come forward … Continue reading

Barack Obama at a town hall meeting hosted by Facebook last year

Obama administration touts unpaid internships for jobless youth

A little news from across the pond, where young people have not escaped the curse of unemployment amid the economic crisis. The Obama administration says it has persuaded businesses and charities to offer “nearly 180,000” summer jobs for America’s young people — but it appears some tens of thousands of those positions will be unpaid … Continue reading

Students protesting in Central London on 9 November 2011

A radical proposal #internstrikenow

Could a mass walk-out be the next step towards an end to internsploitation? That’s the suggestion from Deterritorial Support Group (DSG), the self-described ultra-left propaganda machine: 4 Hey! Let’s not go to work today! (#internstrikenow) Unpaid internships are becoming a steadfast part of our new economy, taking newly graduated workers in precarious employment and forcing … Continue reading


Internships and unemployment go hand in hand

“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

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

The unglamorous life of an intern

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

Child labourers at a Florida cigar factory, 1909

Welcome to Exploited Interns

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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