Unpaid internships under scrutiny as experts investigate line between experience and exploitation - ABC News

Questions have arisen over whether unpaid internships are a valuable experience or exploitation, as they become increasingly viewed as necessary for securing employment.

With Australia's youth unemployment rate now at 20 per cent, a rising number of young job seekers are looking to internships as a step to a real job.

Workplace law experts are expressing alarm at the number of students and graduates taking up unpaid internships and, in some cases, even paying to do them.

Technically, it depends on the nature and extent of the training that occurs throughout the internship as to whether it is exploitative, experts say.

Some internship agencies offer students and graduates placements of between six and 26 weeks in the hospitality, service, or education industries and will charge a fee to make that happen.

But legally, it is a grey area.

 

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-11/unpaid-internships-under-scrutiny/5662856

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