No legal definition, no welfare entitlement, and very often no pay – the internship is the only way into some careers, and experts say the law needs to catch up

25th February, 2018
New Opportunities paper sign

The rise of the so-called gig economy is changing work culture. And for younger workers, the route to a career is changing too, with many facing lengthy periods as interns, often without wages.

Reflecting this changing landscape, earlier this month the British government published a major review of working practices which addressed a number of issues, including “exploitative unpaid internships”.

Britain’s government has promised to clamp down on unpaid internships, but closer to...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Neale Richmond: Irish producers must strive to replace British suppliers in Europe

Brexit Neale Richmond 16 hours ago

Dermot Lacey: Why I’m backing the plans a for white-water rafting centre in Dublin

Have health authorities dropped the ball on airborne transmission of Covid-19?

Analysis: Homeworking legislation needs careful framing for best results