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Experts angry over graduate internship fees

Published: Thursday, 26 November 2009   Category: Work Experience

A careers adviser has warned graduate job hunters who are desperate to find work experience that they should not have to part with money to get onto an unpaid internship.

Jonathan Black, director of Oxford University's careers service, said that those struggling to find an internship can go directly to the graduate jobs adviser of their former institution to receive help getting on a placement.

Mr Black told the BBC that although internships give graduates an "extra edge" to their CVs, young people should not be paying firms to be able to work for them for free.

He added that if the work experience placement industry starts to operate on the basis that only those with sufficient financial backing can take advantage of internships, a "huge impact on diversity" within graduate jobs would be brought about.

A new website called Internships Anonymous was recently set up by two university leavers for graduates to leave feedback on unpaid work experience placements.

The aim is to help degree-holders discover which schemes are positive and which are not, the Guardian reported.


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