Further to this post on the experience of interns, I thought it would be interesting to offer another first-hand view from someone who has been ‘interned’ (in their phrase).
It’s by someone called Rob White and is on the nfpSynergy blog here. It’s really an argument against unpaid interns — and why “social mission” organisations should know better!
Dealing with the classic irony first brings us to Amnesty International. They fight for human rights all over the world and run an extensive internship program, but they do not pay their interns. Neither does Free the Slaves. Oxfam had an income of over £365 million last year, while the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support both got close to £150 million. All offer unpaid internships.