Gaining valuable hands-on working experience through an internship is a golden opportunity that many students anticipate with great excitement. Internship has a powerful impact on a student’s life as it significantly increases their odds of being engaged in the best jobs over the course of their lifetime. The problem is that only one-third of college graduates hit the mark and there continues to be a massive equity gap with internship experiences. Although there are several reasons for this, at the heart of the issue is accepting unpaid internships as a common practice. Why Should Unpaid Internships be Banned? And on the other hand, Why are Unpaid Internships Beneficial? How can both these issues be addressed?
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Dr Kevin Downing
Secretary to Council and Court
Director, Institutional Research Office
City University of Hong Kong
Professor Judith Lamie
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Dr Nico Jooste
Founding Member and Director of the African Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation
Prof Perry Hobson
Director of Academy of Tourism
Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas)
Prof Dr Maurits van Rooijen
Chief Academic Officer, Global University Systems and President, University of Europe for Applied Sciences Germany