Interns Revealed! Results of pan-European survey show situation of young interns

Interns Revealed is a survey to discover the situation of interns throughout Europe. Amongst the almost 4,000 people who responded to the survey, 3 out of 4 of respondents received either no, or insufficient compensation for their internship. For the current generation of young people, internships have become a must to enter the labour market.

More and more young interns have unfortunately found themselves as subjects of cheap labour, often performing tasks with no contribution to their educational objectives or career, and have no access to either social security or health insurance. “It is unacceptable that in the current situation internships prevent social mobility and discriminate against those who are not able to afford being unpaid,” Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum says, “we believe there should be quality standards for internships and apprenticeships in Europe to enable young people to take back their rights as interns!”

The results of the European Youth Forum survey was promoted in more than 19 languages and gathered solid data for efforts towards a European Quality Charter on Internships which aims to help develop a set of Europe-wide standards for internships.

The full report “Interns Revealed” is available online here:

Source: European Youth Forum