Internocracy and unpaid interns

April 28, 2011 at 10:31 am 1 comment

By Raj Cheema

Great to see Internocracy in the Guardian today talking about the unfairness of unpaid interns – backed by its latest research. The research, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Internocracy – a social enterprise that develops work experience schemes for employers – found that 17% of UK businesses had taken on interns to use as a cheap source of labour, while 95% of the 218 UK managers who responded agreed that interns were “useful to their organisation”. The Internocracy study also found that only 12% of company managers and 10% of young people knew unpaid internships could be illegal under employment law.

Internocracy attended our Beyond Worklessness: A Festival of Ideas event last year and spoke about their ‘Proper Jobs Clubs’ programme of work which aims to set up clubs for unemployed young people to vent their frustrations and anxieties and get advice, information and guidance from their peers who have successfully obtained employement or set up their own businesses. If you want to learn more about this work, then check out the video below.


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  • 1. Claire McEneaney  |  May 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for this Raj. I think its great that people are finally talking about the last big employment taboo. The idea that some professions are only open to those who can afford to work for free seems so outdated now, and in huge conflict with political messages about social mobility.

    Thats why I’m so pleased that we decided to help lead the way with paid internships here!


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