I eat Interns for Breakfast

Social Breakfast is a great new website which promotes youth engagement with politicians and industry figures.

When we heard they were interviewing a Lib Dem candidate we just had to ask his views on unpaid interns. Nick Radford replied to our questions thus:

You can’t employ somebody who doesn’t get paid…We do have interns working on our campaign but…it’s not an employment situation.

There’s a valid concern that there are some people who employ interns and…the employer expects them to perform as an employee. If that’s the arrangement then it’s wrong.

He concludes:

[The] education system is not equipping young people with the skills that they need to be employed.

What do you think? You can check out the full interview over at the Social Breakfast website. Next up for the Social Breakfast team is Green MEP Caroline Lucas. We will be asking her about interns as well.

3 Responses to “I eat Interns for Breakfast”


  1. 1 socialbreakfast 03/09/2010 at 4:07 pm

    Who’s Rick Radford?? Heh.

  2. 2 Mark Watson 03/09/2010 at 5:34 pm

    The Liberal Democrat Party is the single worst party in terms of using unpaid interns and treating them like workers. They have a long and undistinguished history of this and absolutely no appetitie to address it. When they do, it might be worth taking their answers to questions like this a bit more seriously. One can only wait and hope.

  3. 3 anonymous 03/09/2010 at 9:02 pm

    I interned for a Lib Dem candidate and did not feel at all exploited. On the other hand, I interned for a very popular, high profile Lib Dem MP and was not even paid expenses.

    I think it’s important to allow people to do GENUINE voluntary placements if they wish.

    I wish the word intern didn’t exist because it pretends there’s a difference between an unpaid intern and a proper volunteer- and there shouldn’t be.


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