Tags: Internships

Robert Leeming: Are internships making the UK’s creative industry a middle class only affair?

An honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. That has always been the adage that has kept the wheels of capitalism turning for generations. If you mentioned the notion of working for free to anyone from an older generation, they would find the idea abhorrent. They would slam the notion as exploitation, as not the way that things are supposed to work. And they would be right.

The unpaid summer intern that could cost you millions

Courion®, the market leader in intelligent identity and access management (IAM), recommends that now that the summer holidays are finished and term time is almost here, companies take a close look at a common access risk factor that may be leaving them vulnerable to a data breach: abandoned accounts associated with student summer time workers…

Most graduates happy to take on unpaid internships, even with no job guarantee

The debate over the moralities and even legalities of unpaid internships has been ongoing for quite some time. A study carried out by Business Environment recently reported that a third of businesses in the UK are exploiting interns. Following this, Savoo.co.uk, the voucher code and money saving site, researched how many newly graduated students would be…

Employers not doing enough to offer work experience placements to business school students

Employers are seeking ‘business-ready’ graduates, but are not doing enough to offer extended, meaningful work experience a new report from CMI (the Chartered Management Institute), the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has discovered. Only one fifth of businesses questioned (22%) currently offer job placements or internships to business school…

Student applies for internship with cringeworthy youtube song

Instead of making a cover letter to apply for a summer internship at Buzzfeed, Matt Cloutier described to them his desire to work at their company through a more interesting medium: SONG! We are still waiting to hear if his application was successful. Would it work for your company? And if you want to know the…

Two London Fashion Week employers forced to pay their interns by HMRC

Interns are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practices. At Edinburgh Napier University today (11 November 2013), Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson will unveil guidance produced by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) offering…

Charlie Ryan: Is it ever a good idea for interns to sue their employer?

In light of recent news that Condé Nast are suspending their internships due in part to a couple of high-profile court cases, Charlie Ryan asks if it is ever a good idea for interns to sue: It is a shame as this was always the way this was going to go once interns were being…

Robert McCreath: Internships – No longer in Vogue?

Condé Nast discontinues intern program. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of editorial assistants sobbing (via @lindsaykap). Condé Nast has been sued in the US by two former interns who claimed they were paid below the minimum wage during internships. As a result, the publisher is reported to be discontinuing its internship scheme. Whether any…

UK interns still being exploited

Four in ten interns still aren’t receiving the minimum wage, according to research released today by Monster.co.uk, which questioned over 200 young people who have completed an internship in the past 12 months. The findings show that over a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents only received financial support to cover expenses during their placement, while…