This briefing paper examines the role and nature of unpaid internships in the UK.

Many well-qualified, talented and passionate young people lack the resources to pay their own way through an unpaid internship.

We argue that the informal system of unpaid internships operating in many of our most exciting and influential industries actively excludes young people who come from less well-off families.

We propose a gradual phasing out of unpaid internships and discuss some options for ensuring that more young people have access to paid internship opportunities.

Published by ippr and Internocracy