Archive for June, 2009

Jobs, what jobs?

The website has a jobs section. 23 jobs are listed. Only one of them is paid.  This will be a great relief to the many out there trying to find work.

Are you a journalism graduate? Pink news is looking for a political reporter. Sadly its unpaid.

What about a biologist? Animal Defenders International is looking for a specialist in Biological Sciences to help them lobby against the use of animal experiments. The job would last for nine months, but without any payment.

The Index on Censorship, an organisation which promotes free expression, is looking for office support. Basic administration jobs fetch how much? Basic minimum wage at least? No – this is unpaid.

The Royal Academy of Engineers are seeking an events manager. They say the role would suit a recent graduate (who happens to have a giant debt to pay off). The position is unpaid.

What is the message being sent out to people who have worked for 3 or 4 years to get a decent qualification? Those who have trained as a journalist and incured loads of debt to do so? Don’t bother?

Surely this is illegal? Or The Intern Industry keeps growing…

It should come as no surprise that in the same month that thousands of graduates are jettisoned from university into a fierce recession companies like ‘InternStar’ are being launched. Their reason for being: to find unpaid work experience for graduates without any prospect of work/ to find cheap labour for struggling businesses.

InternStar connects quality interns to internship opportunities in small- and medium-sized British businesses with exclusive access to some of the most ambitious and talented university candidates, young graduates and postgraduates.”

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Another seven MPs have signed up to the early day motion calling for a new interns agreement. Is your MP conspicuous by his absence?

Iddon, Brian

Cryer, Ann

Durkan, Mark

Francis, Hywel

George, Andrew

Gerrard, Neil

Kramer, Susan

Internships with British Airways!

"BA: Bugger All'





So, financial constraints have led to British Airways head honcho’s emailing their employees asking them to work without pay for a month.

What a joke!

Some MPs get it

At the Unite drinks bash we went to last week a new contract for Interns in Parliament was announced.

The Interns Contract  will set out what both the MP and the intern can expect from an internship. It will provide regulation and rights to stop interns being exploited or treated unfairly, and is hopefully the first step towards minimum wage for interns working in parliament.

Proposed by the Liberal Democrat, Phil Willis MP, as an Early Day Motion, it has eleven signitories so far- read on to find out who…

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Number 10 Petition

Someone has started a Number 10 petition calling for the end of unpaid internships.  Well worth a look and a bit of discussion.

The petition reads:

”Unpaid internships and work experience placements for school and university leavers ensure that only young people whose parents can afford to fund them get a foothold on certain career paths. This leads to a lack of meritocracy, poor social mix and cohesion and denies talented but poorer young people opportunities. Paid internships should be advertised on a central clearing website and should be allocated on merit not connections.”


What a good internship looks like

I no longer spend my days in a baked bean stained dressing gown. I don’t eat Tesco sandwiches bought for a reduced price at five minutes to midnight after going for a walk at an antisocial hour because I had been asleep the whole day and had nothing else to do. I don’t notice stories about the latest eighteen year-old millionaire entrepreneur pop up on my RSS feed as I sit playing games on the internet and wondering whether I should bother to shower and dress. No sir. Not me. Nowadays, I intern in Parliament.

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Human Touch

Work experience and internships are not just about adding that bit of glamour to your CV, or networking your way into a cushy graduate job. The benefits of meeting new people because they might be nice – rather than they might offer you a job are completely bypassed in the panic to prove yourself in the job market.

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Drinking in Parliament

Interns Anonymous are going to a drinks reception. It is being held by the parliamentary branch of the union ‘Unite’ in the Houses of Parliament. There’s going to be a presentation on internships in Westminster- that’s why we’re invited. We will take the answers to our survey (soon to be put up here), the experiences we have on record and our opinions and see if we can sound some important people out. We’re putting this post up because we want you to tell us what you want to say- comment below, or email us- simple.

Do you want more regulation?

Do you want a guaranteed minimum wage for all interns?

With the current political turbulence, now is the time to change the system…

Interns Anonymous

We want this website to be a forum for interns to share their experiences and discuss the ethics of unpaid employment. Most importantly, we want this site to be a place where YOU can tell us your story.

We are now on Twitter

  • Discussing internships on BBC World Service later today. #internships 4 days ago

Survey for parliamentary interns

Are you or have you been an unpaid parliamentary intern? If yes then please take our anonymous survey on the experiences of Westminster interns. You can find the survey by clicking the ‘survey’ link at the top of the website.


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