This Sutton Trust brief analyses the latest higher education data and government wage statistics to examine the number of unpaid graduate interns in the UK and the cost to an individual of doing an unpaid internship. It also includes newly published Ipsos Mori polling on attitudes to unpaid internships.
- All internships longer than one month should be paid at least the national minimum of £6.50 per hour, and preferably the National Living Wage of £7.85 (or London Living Wage – £9.15 – in London).
- Internship positions should be advertised publicly, rather than being filled informally.
- Recruitment processes should be fair, transparent and based on merit