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More on Internships

December 3, 2009

A couple of days ago I found the good news reported here by BECTU that expenses-only engagements have been ruled illegal by the Employment Tribunals. However you can’t help but wonder, when the culture of the unpaid internship as almost a pre-requisite to finding a job is so radicated in the cultural / media sector, will it make a difference? And when?

With the Carrot Workers Collective (working on the Counter Internship Guide) we are trying to put together an identikit of a good internship, to be intended here as the ethical internship. Would you like to give us a hand? Let us know what you think makes an internship fair and profitable to both partners involved. What are some of the mechanisms that ensure an equitable internship? We would love to hear from a variety of people, especially with experience of the cultural sector. Do respond!

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