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The Guardian wants richer unpaid interns to apply for its work placement scheme

by | 9th, January 2013

WHAT does the Guardian think of unpaid internships?

‘Join the fight against unpaid internships’ – Unless students refuse to work for free, employers will continue to exploit them, argues campaigner Libby Page

Writes Libby in the Guardian :

People from richer backgrounds are three times more likely to have undertaken unpaid internships than those from poorer backgrounds, according to a recent survey conducted by NUS and YouGov. I have managed to support myself with my student loan while working for free, but when I graduate, unpaid work will no longer be an option. Yet I am constantly being told that I should expect to work for free after graduating.

After my seventh internship, I decided enough was enough… When I talk to students about unpaid internships, one common response is: “But I don’t mind working for free.” What I hear is: “I can afford to work for free”…

For every person who can work for free, there are so many who simply cannot afford to. This means that they are being shut out of many careers where internships are an essential part of your CV.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

Positive action work placement scheme

Positive Action Scheme

The Guardian believes there should be a better representation of our diverse society in journalism, and each summer offers 12 two-week placements for students or graduates from black, Asian and other visible ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds.

But not that diverse. As the advert notes at the end:

The scheme is unpaid.

Rich apply within.

Also in the paper that cares:

No such thing as a free lunch? Tell the poor, unpaid intern who cooked it

The power of the intern – Laurie Penny: The system is unfair and open to abuse, and gives posh young dogsbodies far too much influence

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