Whilst internships play an important role in people’s careers and companies’ recruitment strategies, in my personal opinion, they’re mis-sold for the most part. Unpaid internships have become and remain widespread due to the phenomenal speed with which young people have accepted those terms of work. As long as there’s a queue of people prepared to work unpaid, some company somewhere will take advantage of that situation. We need more companies and industries to look past the short-termism of this approach and instead use internships as an opportunity to thoughfully recruit bright young people, who, if invested in, can become major assets in their own right. However, if people really want to see the end of unpaid internships, they have to be bold enough to stop agreeing to do them. We’re fighting against the tide to make students and graduates understand that their work always has value. While that’s an uphill task, it’s one we believe in and are committed to.