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 […]

Celebrating Interns Around the World

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In November 2017, the Global Intern Coalition’s member organizations from around the world will be hosting the fascinating events described below. Attend an existing event or start one in your own City! GENEVA (Nov 3, 2017) With opening remarks by ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder, the event will provide the opportunity to explore the main trends and most recent data on international internships, followed by a presentation of paid internship programmes by HR representatives from UN organizations and NGOs based in Geneva. Date and Time: 3 November 2017 from 09.00 – 11.00. Venue: Room XI (R2 South), International Labour Organization, […]

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 […]

Brussels | Feb 20 Global Intern Strike

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It’s time to demand equal access to fair, quality internships!Join and help organise the Global Intern Strike in Brussels!On 20th February 2017, young people across the world will come together to say NO to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships.The February 20 strike is being organised by Brussels Interns NGO and EUInterns4Interns. We will demand that employers and leaders ensure quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all – regardless of their socioeconomic background. Brussels Intern StrikeIn Brussels, we will gather on the Rond-Point Schuman, in front of the European Commission, to call for action on three […]

New Government Report: Unpaid Work in Australia

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A new report commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment looks at the state of Unpaid Work Experience in Australia.-Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that unpaid work experience (UWE) has become more common in Australia, in part as a response to a deteriorating youth labour market, but also in recognition of the value of ‘work integrated learning’ (WIL). This is part of a global trend with which many other developed economies are grappling (Owens & Stewart 2016).The transition from full-time education to paid employment has become more prolonged and more uncertain (Circelli & Oliver  2012). Employers want an assurance that new […]

We’re Getting Organized! Global Intern Strike, Feb 20

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On February 20th, young people across the world will come together to push for an end to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships.Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all – regardless of their socioeconomic background.Want to organise your own action or know of other groups who could be interested? Get in touch with us at to find out more about organising in your city. What do you mean by Strike?The Global Intern Coalition has decided to […]