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Open letter to Marice Cumber

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13:09 PM | 24 February 2012
by Adam Oldfield
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This is an open letter to Marice Cumber who challenged us and Inspiring Interns for advertising an internship to our followers on Twitter. The internship can be viewed here and the twitter conversation is attached as an image below.

Hi Marice, 

You're correct, we have helped to promote an internship whereby the intern gets free travel, free accommodation and daily expenses but no salary. Due to this opportunity being for a start up in Gibraltar we felt it was worth sharing to our followers because the experience of living and working abroad is incredibly beneficial when looking for a job. I (Donald) did the exact thing in Amsterdam and that's what allowed me to get an internship at Interbrand London before getting a job in the industry. Both were unpaid by the way, but I was given accommodation in Amsterdam.

You've clearly missed the point that we value this internship because the employer offers accommodation abroad. Alternatively, they could (as I illustrated with a link to the cost of accommodation in Gibraltar) pay the intern and ask them to organise their own accommodation, whilst abroad, in an area they're unfamiliar with!?

You make a point about Universities and work experience providing the skills young people need to get jobs in the industry, however you're attacking two companies who realise that Universities aren't up to scratch in the skills they teach and that young people need help and advice to get work experience. I don't know how Inspiring Interns feel about this but have a think about the hours put in by these companies to help young people before you accuse them of exploitation, there are clear case studies of Inspiring Intern getting young people into work and I don't know how they run their company but if they didn't make money somewhere, they wouldn't be able to provide that service to young people. You really are attacking two companies who are trying to raise greater awareness for interns and help them get vital work experience and jobs in industry.

The last time we met I seem to remember you being very supportive of our efforts, I know you're aware from your time with FutureRising, not  to be confused with us, that it can be really difficult building up support for young creative people and getting industry to change their habits and I'm surprised you've picked on what I would call the good guys here. The more work we do, alongside Internaware, Internocracy and the likes of GraduateFog, the more chance we've got of improving the intern standards for young people.

Ultimately, I know our audience would appreciate the link to this internship and I hope you can now see why your efforts would be better placed assisting us than attacking us.

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts.

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