Report The Sutton Trust Research Brief 20
Internships - unpaid, unadvertised, unfair
For young people who cannot afford to work for free, and for those who do not have the networks with which to secure a placement informally, internships are acting as a barrier to the best careers – and to social mobility.
Written by Research Fellow Dr Rebecca Montacute, this brief analyses the latest data to examine at what cost a young person is taking an unpaid internship in 2018 and how we can ensure the best internships are open to all young people, regardless of their background.
References: Holford, A. (2017) ‘Access to and returns from unpaid graduate internships’, ISER Working Paper Series, No. 2017-07. Colchester: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research