DCU Should Be Fighting To End Unpaid Internships, Not Encouraging Them

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An annual Irish League of Credit Unions survey published on August 19 revealed some dismaying statistics on the financial struggles of third-level students in Ireland. While 74% of students having to work during the college term to cope with costs is generally manageable, 55% of students say they often skip lectures in favour of paid work …” (more)

[Lucien Waugh-Daly, The College View, 1 September]

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Opinion: UCD Students Shouldn’t Pay Fees When On Internships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As a Commerce student, the prospect of going on a year-long paid internship during my studies was one of the reasons I was drawn to doing this course in UCD. Adding an extra year to my college years, gaining invaluable experience in an industry-leading company, strengthening my CV and making money whilst doing so seemed too good to be true. Alas, it was; in 1st year, having read the small print, I learned that students have to pay UCD their student fees during the internship period …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 1 May]

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Accountants to be fast-tracked from college to meet graduate shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new fast-track system for accountancy graduates has been introduced to help meet the intense demand for new hires. Certified Professional Accountants Ireland (CPAI) has reached agreements with 12 third-level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Ireland, University College Cork, University of Limerick, and the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 30 September]

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The Evolution of the Student Internship

Posted in Life on November 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cold mornings, spiced coffee beverages and autumnal colours mark this time of the year for students in Trinity – the beginning of internship application season. The year has only just begun and students are already thinking about what they’ll be doing after it ends. Increasingly, over the past couple of years, there is pressure mounting on students to fill their summer holidays with yet more work …” (more)

[Kate Lait, University Times, 3 November]

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‘Far from perfect’ JobBridge scheme to be scrapped – Leo Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“JobBridge, the controversial internship scheme, will cease to accept new applicants from Friday. Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has announced that he is to set-up a consultation process with a view to finding a replacement programme which will begin in the middle of next year …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 18 October]

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The Seductive Myth Of Internships

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“The myth that unpaid labour looks good on the CVs of workers in creative industries has become an increasingly persuasive means of guilt-tripping young people into working for free …” (more)

[Hanan A Khalek, Huffington Post, 4 October]

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Research Policy Internship Post available with the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… we are pleased to offer a Research Policy Internship Post for 9 months, based at the Higher Education Authority offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Please see the PDF below for further information …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 29 October]

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RCSI calls for action on medical students’ intern positions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students are unable to complete their medical training in Ireland due to the high demand for ‘intern’ positions this year. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has called for ‘urgent’ action to ensure Irish/EU and international medical graduates are able to complete their ‘intern’ year, at a time when there is an acute shortage of qualified doctors …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Pay for student interns up but at expense of entry-level jobs

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The average pay for student internships is on the rise but employers are increasingly using such work experience as a replacement for traditional entry-level jobs, a new survey suggests …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Why unpaid interns can help bridge the knowledge gap

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Does the national unpaid internship scheme exploit workers, or give them a valuable opportunity? Or something in between? …” (more)

[Eoin Mulvihill, Independent, 15 February]

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Students and interns at high-tech firms now earn same as average worker

Posted in Life on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students and interns at some tech companies here are earning as much as workers on the average national wage, thanks to Ireland’s digital boom …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 29 November]

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An unemployed graduate writes: ‘I’m angry that I’m wishing for a job as a drone’

Posted in Life on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An advanced degree? An award-winning short film? Might be worth a spot on a pretty pointless – and expensive – JobBridge course. As I ride the Luas through Dublin I see people through office windows: sitting at desks, looking flustered on phones; in meetings, being productive and bored; heading out to lunch, to discuss strategies. Everywhere I look I see people with jobs …” (more)

[Richard Duffy, Irish Times, 29 November]

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JobBridge isn’t perfect, but it should be praised for getting young people working

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“There are 24 JobBridge interns working in various Government departments. The JobBridge scheme has been a subject of intense and unfair criticism ever since its introduction …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 27 October]

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Minister: JobBridge internships should not be used to fill vacant posts

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister said no real jobs should be replaced by JobBridge internships. Jan O’Sullivan’s comments come after it emerged that some primary and secondary schools are using the work scheme to fill vacancies, including teaching and special needs assistant positions …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 September]

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Cork County Council may ditch controversial JobBridge scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2014 by steve

“Cork County Council may stop using the JobBridge and Gateway schemes to recruit interns. This would make it one of the first local authorities in the country to opt out of using the scheme …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 10 September]

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USI says ‘internship culture’ to blame for low graduate wages

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“The ‘internship culture’ created by government-backed schemes such as JobBridge is partly to blame for a ten-year low in graduate wages, the Union of Students in Ireland has said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 June]

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Unpaid Internship Circulated by TCD Law School Cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“An unpaid work placement in Newport Pharmaceuticals Ltd advertised by the Trinity Law School has been cancelled following requests for information from The University Times …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 30 April]

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Arts universities oppose unpaid internships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2014 by steve

“Careers departments won’t advertise work that involves students supplying their skills for free. If you’re an arts student you will probably have experienced unpaid internships first hand. But is your university doing anything to tackle the issue of unpaid work? …” (more)

[Libby Page, Guardian, 9 January]

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Interns Resist Working Free

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2013 by steve

International“A backlash against unpaid internships in America, manifested in a spate of lawsuits this year, is now spreading to Europe …” (more)

[Ella Delany, New York Times, 29 September]

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You can now do up to three – instead of two – JobBridge internships

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“A number of changes are to take place with the internship scheme JobBridge, including a cooling off period being waived and an extension of the duration time for internships if you undertake three of them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 September]

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