An online awareness raising campaign directed to employers/organisations offering unpaid internships.
How it all started
We are a group of E.MA alumni, passionate about human and social rights and appalled by the current unfair and discriminatory conditions for young graduates.
We are from a generation for which internships became a compulsory intermediary step between studying and getting a job. We consider that unpaid internships can be either a door opener or an obstacle to the job market, depending on your personal financial resources.
That is why we believe that being an intern should not mean giving up all our basic social rights – such as getting a minimum living allowance.
We think it is time for all relevant stakeholders, especially employers, to assume their social responsibility on this issue. We urge everybody affected and involved in this vicious circle to stand up for our generation and call on employers to promote genuine equal opportunities policies when offering internship positions.
To foster a sense of responsibility on the social implications of unpaid internship offers.
To make companies/organisations aware that by offering unpaid internships they are generating social inequalities and reproducing elites.
To make companies/organisations aware that through unpaid internships they are not getting the most skilled or qualified person for the position (lost candidate), but the one who can afford it.
Current activities and status
The campaign has been endorsed by a number of youth organisations, has good presence in social media, and has received feedback (positive and negative) from employers in reaction to our criticism. We have recently started a partnership with Brussels Interns NGO, with whom we cooperate by providing dissemination and social pressure against unpaid internships.
Would you like to contribute to this campaign?
This campaign needs help with social media dissemination and translations, and if you are really committed to the cause feel free to contact the organisers and express your interest in collaborating!