1 thought on “Banning unpaid internships will harm, not help, the disadvantaged”

  1. Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:00 | Permalink

    I think Andrew has set out the problems of regulating internships well, and we are left thinking how clunky any Milliband-inspired vision of internships might look. But I question the desirability of the current state of affairs too. Internships are already difficult for those with little or no money to access, given that it usually means living away from home, perhaps in London. Anyone wanting to get experience in a City law firm will, if it’s an unpaid internship, will likely be from one of those privileged backgrounds he identifies in his article. The only way to ensure internships are available to all is for the state to provide bursaries in the same way as for higher education.

    Of course the privileged, or rather those from families with good quality contacts, will always win, even under Millinand internships. There is nothing to stop a parent contacting an old school friend asking if son or daughter could be of any help for a few weeks in their private business. Perhaps this can’t be called an internship but any future employer will see it as the same thing.

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