I’d like to start by paying tribute to the work of Intern Aware. They’ve maintained the profile of this important issue and assembled a coalition of supporters that has increased the effectiveness of the campaign. They’ve also contributed to the policy debate on how to end this exploitative practice. Not bad for two part timers!!!
I want to make three points in my contribution.
The first is that I worry that the continued use of unpaid interns is a symptom of what might be described as an ‘epidemic of exploitation’ of young people. As a society, we are in danger, of exploiting their ambition and even their desperation to find work and get on in life.
A depressing survival of the fittest mentality underpins the whole practice of unpaid internships.