The Intern Economy: Inevitable Inequality?

Occupy Wall Street, 2011. Photo by Jeff Howard/Flickr.‘In much of the developed world, the subtle, relentless pressure to do an internship is now simply part of being an adult’ writes Ross Perlin in his book ‘Intern Nation’. The growth in both the supply and demand for internships is something which most young people recognize today. Although internships have always played a certain role in career development this has increased steadily over the last number of years. In an EU report on traineeships they show that 46% of respondents had completed a traineeship. This can be explained by various factors such as the change in the structure of the labour market with fewer opportunities for permanent employment, high youth unemployment or a general increase in university graduates.

By Kate O Donnell