The Times looks at what could be a growing trend – employers charging interns for work experience placements.
The article references a recent Conservative party charity auction, which sold off several placements, including work experience at Conde Nast for a bid of £3,700.
But in the article, Dr Paul Redmond, head of careers and employability at the University of Liverpool, suggests the paid-for placement will become a more regular feature in industries such as media, fashion and design.
[I]t’s always been the case that some students have worked for free. You could argue that charity auction organisers are taking the process to its logical conclusion, attaching a price tag to something that has been going on informally behind the scenes for years.
Would introducing a charging system benefit journalism employers or place further pressure on low-income students and graduates? And, as one commenter remarks, how would this be regulated?
(via Fleet Street Blues)
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