Is the system is unfair, open to abuse, and gives privileged young dogsbodies far too much influence?
This article titled “The power of the intern” was written by Laurie Penny, for The Guardian on Saturday 9th April 2011 09.30 UTC
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.