Forum

HRD Canada forum is the place for positive industry interaction and welcomes your professional and informed opinion.

Notify me of new replies via email
HRM CA | 12 Apr 2014, 06:09 AM Agree 0
Despite the prevalence of unpaid internships, many HR professionals seem to agree the trend has gone too far.
  • Tom from Burnaby BC | 13 Apr 2014, 05:06 PM Agree 0
    I did free internship in a job many years ago and did a good job.

    when the owner found out I was not paid he immediately paid me and apologized on behalf of the manager he let go.
  • kb | 14 Apr 2014, 09:18 AM Agree 0
    I think the days of unpaid internships are over due to the exploitive nature of some internships but I think it is a shame that at the same time many excellent training opportunities will be lost as a result of this change. For students who have been paying tuition to attend school to come out with no relevant experience and have the opportunity through an internship to obtain good on the job skills, contacts and other assistance that will make it easier for them to land a good job when they are through, albeit unpaid, this will be a great loss.
  • Sandra | 14 Apr 2014, 12:06 PM Agree 0
    The organization simply needs to pay the intern. This will resolve the issue. The organization is not entitled to free labour. Would the organization give their product or service away free of charge?
  • George | 14 Apr 2014, 12:59 PM Agree 0
    This practice is all too often simply free labour. There are clear provisions allowing educational work experience which benefits the student and does not impose any direct cost on an employer. These are part of post secondary programs in many fields right across the country. In addition, most colleges and universities offer and promote co-op programs which enable students to acquire initial experience in their fields. The federal government often supports these through YCW or other programs. Unfortunately, the freebie that unpaid internships are has just been too tempting for too many employers who look for weak justification for their actions after the fact
  • Tom from Burnaby BC | 20 Apr 2014, 12:47 PM Agree 0
    If an employer takes on an employee in internship or under the table the company may be on the hook for worksafebc premiums.

    There is always a cost to doing business. There really is no free lunch.
  • WYC | 09 Jun 2014, 04:58 AM Agree 0
    I am working free marketing internship for a company now and I successfully fourfold the company website traffic by selecting different Google AdWords keywords under the same budget. The manager knew my work but do not appreciate my work, and do not want to pay me, why? Because he knew that he could take all the credits, continue my work after 3 months without paying me, and enjoying the result of my hard work.
    The world is unethical, and not all the bosses have the conscience to reward the interns. Anyway, that's just what happened to me and I totally support unpaid internship should be end!
Post a reply