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Fashion for unpaid internships on magazines is illegal and a block to diversity, says NUJ

© Mark Thomas

9 February 2018

Fiona Swarbrick, NUJ national organiser, said: "Employers often talk the talk when it comes to increasing diversity, but they are reluctant to deal with the practicalities of the problem. The reality is that unpaid internships (as well as poorly paid entry level jobs) can make it impossible to get your foot on the ladder if you don’t have access to financial support from elsewhere."

The NUJ's Cashback for Interns campaign sets out your rights as an intern and offers advice on work experience and internships.

You can download Work Experience: exploiting the dream for more information.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "The NUJ is here to make the voice of students and those starting out in journalism heard and to help make work experience a good experience."

If you are working as an unpaid intern get in touch with us at legal@nuj.org.uk The union has won back pay for members who were unpiad interns.

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