Madeline Grant writes for CapX
What many are liable to forget — particularly those who indulge in tasteless, ahistorical “modern slavery” comparisons — is that interning, too, is a voluntary undertaking. Many young people view acquiring work experience as an investment in themselves and their future, and often make considerable personal sacrifices in order to take up these positions. It shouldn’t even need saying, but no one is forced to do an unpaid internship. If you don’t like them, don’t take one — get a paid job, pull pints, study, go freelance — just don’t allow your personal preferences to interfere with the freedoms of others.
Labour’s policy of banning the practice outright would be counterproductive. Clamping down on unpaid internships will not result in more paid internships, but rather fewer internship opportunities overall. Removing opportunities for young people to distinguish themselves will make employers more likely to select based on academic performance alone when hiring — further disadvantaging those without personal connections or top grades to recommend them.
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