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Interns: the ethical dilemmas

News, 27 April 2012

Young people need work experience. Charities, NGOs and social enterprises need volunteers.

But this symbiotic relationship has tended in recent years to morph into something that can be ethically and even legally dubious.

Reasonable volunteer policy has drifted into questionable employment practice.

So how can we reconcile the benefits of work experience and voluntary work with fair employment standards in these hard times?

Our report doesn't pretend to have all the answers but it does ask 15 questions we think we should all be asking.

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