Madeline Grant debates on City A.M.
New rules wouldn’t result in more paid internships, but fewer opportunities overall. Many employers will decide that the costs of offering work experience outweigh the benefits.
In a job market already saturated with graduates, this would remove a crucial mechanism for young people at the start of their careers to distinguish themselves in their fields of interest. It would also push employers to select based on academic performance alone, disadvantaging those without top grades.
Not all internships are valuable, but nor are unpaid interns “modern slaves” or helpless victims of unscrupulous employers, as campaigners imply.
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Further Reading: In defence of unpaid internships