How youth activism is kicking unpaid internships to the curb

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It’s job search season for students and fresh graduates, which means a bump in media interest in internships. Barely a decade ago, we’d expect news articles to include tips for landing a “dream internship” or to quote an employer boasting that unpaid interns are economically efficient for firms. But today, the media coverage generally takes a different tone. For example, the U.K.‘s The Guardian recently called out British Vogue for recruiting unpaid interns. The article’s main source is an intern advocate who reported the fashion magazine to Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs for potentially violating minimum wage laws. It notes that a Vogue “workplace shadowing” role […]

Thank you Ms Mogherini, but we need concrete steps on funding and fairness

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Global Intern Coalition statement on EU High Representative Mogherini’s response to EU Ombudsman ruling against unpaid internships in EEAS delegations After a long battle and protests from interns, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has responded to the EU Ombudsman’s demand that unpaid traineeships in EU external delegations must end. The Global Intern Coalition, along with its member organisations and partners (see list below), welcomes this acknowledgment that unpaid traineeships are damaging and unfair. In a positive first step, High Representative Mogherini agrees that there are concerns about discrimination, and announces plans to request new funding and create a paid traineeship […]