Is the system is unfair, open to abuse, and gives privileged young dogsbodies far too much influence?
The internship system is a murky pool of privilege and influence. Over the last week, since the government’s social mobility strategy dragged the issue into the news, we have heard a great deal about the advantages of doing an internship in government, media or finance for those lucky youngsters who can afford a shortcut into top jobs. But we have heard rather less about the effect that unpaid interns can have on employers.
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