National newspaper The Australian does not have an internship program. Nonetheless, a few years ago, a young woman interned there, by virtue of the fact that she was a company bigwig’s daughter. This woman is now a prominent journalist at a different publication. This highlights just one pitfall of internships – unequal access to them. Other, potentially more serious barriers include people’s inability to work for free, and exploitation while on the (unpaid) job.
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