Should Interns be paid a fare wage or is the experience payment enough?
Being an Intern has become an extension to people's education, recent graduates are expected to gain some experience through interning but ethically, should they be paid a wage if they are carrying out a full job role?
A couple of my friends interned for companies for a year after uni and worked out that after the minimal... Read more
almost 3 years ago
Volunteering for a charity is different to an internship at a company for instance. Noone should have to do an internship for a company without being paid at least minimum wage. And doing photocopying etc is all part of the world of work, if you start at a junior level. As said above, its a barrier to social mobility especially if the internship is in London and its unpaid.
But even for a volunteer there are costs involved in taking someone on.
For example, I don't believe volunteers should have to pay to help out - therefore we refund them travelling expenses and make sure we provide dinner when they help us all afternoon and evening at one of our ceilidhs. It's only the time they should give for free.
Internships you get something tangible back from - not just... Read more
Controversial. The key point for me is that there are very different connotations associated with the word 'volunteer' compared to 'intern'. An internship is seen as an indirect path to employment, or at the very least upskilling for the intern to boost employability. The focus in on benefitting the intern. Of course the reality can be very different and there is a lot of grey areas in both public... Read more
That's a really clear way of putting it. I agree.
We often have problems encouraging volunteers to do things that we can't afford to pay staff to do (eg, stuffing envelopes) - they often want more responsibility - which boils down to more power and therefore more interesting tasks.
But to what extent should a volunteer have a say in what they are doing if they are being 'selfless'?
You'll find... Read more