Let’s be honest, the perception most people have of students is that they spend most of the day in bed, get up and watch a bit of afternoon TV and spend their evenings drinking and of course attend the odd lecture. Isn’t that what student life is all about?
The way the NUS sees it, unpaid interns are the victims of organisations – from blue chip companies to charities like Oxfam and Comic Relief – who want to exploit them for cheap labour. While this might be true, we’re all at risk of exploitation if we don’t question anything. What do you say to a taxi driver who tries to charge you over the odds? Or the shop that sold you faulty shoes? You say no, and ask for your money back. Welcome to the real world.
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