Take part in this week’s Unpaid Internships Takeover Thursday!

Thursday 20-11-2014 - 10:20

Over the coming weeks, NUS will be hosting a series of social media ‘Takeovers’ each Thursday aiming to bring student issues to the forefront of conversation ahead of the next General Election. 

Each Takeover Thursday will explore a specific theme or campaign which deserves the full attention of political parties vying for the student vote in May 2015.

Today (Thursday 20 November), the focus will be on NUS’ policy ask for political parties to commit to make lengthy unpaid internships a thing of the past. We want the next government to introduce and enforce legislation that all work experience of over four weeks should be paid at least national minimum wage.

There are a number of ways your students’ union can join in with today’s conversation across Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few ideas and materials to get you started…

  • Do you think unpaid internships are unfair? Would you like the government to bring in new legislation that ensures interns are paid if they’re in a placement for over four weeks? Tell us why using #GenerationVote and we’ll retweet your messages throughout the day.
  • Watch and share our videos with five current students, Amber, Randa, Sian, Ben and Tawanda about their experiences and views on unpaid internships.
  • Vote in our Facebook poll which asks ‘Do you think internships should be paid?’.
  • Read and share our Buzzfeed article on ’15 reasons unpaid internships shouldn’t be a thing’
  • Watch Toni Pearce's video on what she calls 'unfiar and illegal' unpaid internships, read her blog on why 'the job market isn't working for students' and tweet your views.
  • Check out some pieces of interest on the topic from Times Higher Education, the Sutton Trust and Internaware.  

Follow our Takeover Thursday live stream online from 10am-4pm at and if tweeting, remember to use #GenerationVote.



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