Demos likes mobility but doesn’t pay its interns


3:00 pm - April 6th 2011

by Don Paskini    


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Here’s think tank Demos, responding to the government’s new Social Mobility Strategy:

We’re welcoming many of the plans in the Coalition’s social mobility strategy.

The paper takes on policies recommended by Demos around parenting, early years, internships and vocational education.

Research by Demos says:

Undertaking an internship can provide a young person with valuable work experience; build and develop a variety of skills and boost their employability; and enable them to acquire contacts and networks, which may help their chances to gain employment in the future.

Opportunities to obtain such experience, however, are not fairly distributed; the costs of undertaking an internship can be prohibitive (our emphasis).

All this considered, despite being a valuable opportunity to gain vital work experience, build professional skills and develop a network of useful contacts; internships appear to remain an exclusive and expensive experience that few nongraduates from low-income backgrounds – let alone those with complex multiple needs who are currently NEET – can easily access.

And here’s how progressive think-tank Demos puts these principles into practice:

Demos runs an internship programme that seeks to provide successful candidates with the invaluable experience of working in an exciting and challenging think tank environment. Interns will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of Demos’ activities.

Demos interns come from all over – from London to overseas, during their gap year or after their PhD, in between a career direction change or straight out of university…

Internships are unpaid and voluntary, however we can help by paying travel and lunch expenses up to a maximum of £15 per day.

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Demos seem to specialise in the morally indefensible : Demos are also, you might want to note, funded by the City of London , Barclays and Lloyds – and used the cash to put out a horrible pamphlet by Kitty Ussher opposing any proper reform of the banks. Ussher accused those who want reform of “hysteria and resentment”

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/102648

Shot themselves in the foot there.

They should do as ippr do:

1) release a report by new intern social enterprise ‘internocracy’ [http://www.ippr.org/members/download.asp?f=%2Fecomm%2Ffiles%2FWhy+interns+need+a+fair+wage%2Epdf]

then

2) Offer £14,860 pa pro rata [http://www.w4mp.org/html/personnel/jobs/disp_job.asp?ref=24759]

3. gastro george

I just love posts like this one …

…invaluable experience of working in an exciting and challenging think tank…

It’s the perfect introduction, really: offering an insight into the hypocrisy and empty rhetoric of the political establishment.

5. Chaise Guevara

How does Demos work, though? Are the people who wrote that report also responsible for hiring policy?


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  6. Martin McGrath

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    RT @libcon: Demos think-tank likes social mobility but doesn't pay its interns http://bit.ly/g8L1i6

  8. sunny hundal

    Think-tank Demos loves social mobility too: its report says internships should be paid. But doesn’t follow own advice http://bit.ly/g8L1i6

  9. Tanya de Grunwald

    RT @sunny_hundal: Even hink-tank Demos doesn't pay its internships http://bit.ly/g8L1i6 <<Does ANYBODY pay their junior staff any more??

  10. Tanya de Grunwald

    RT @sunny_hundal: Even hink-tank Demos doesn't pay its interns http://bit.ly/g8L1i6 <<Does ANYBODY pay their junior staff any more??

  11. Joshua Haddow

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  12. Justin Pickard

    RT @martinmcgrath: Think tank Demos pwned by @libcon over the use of interns http://bit.ly/h1reOv

  13. Carl Gardner

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