Nearly two-thirds of graduates commencing unpaid internships within six months of leaving university are female, according to new research.

The report from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) found that less than 1% (1,835) were working in graduate internships without pay; a controversial means of subsequently obtaining graduate jobs.

HECSU identified the design, publishing, media, advertising and PR industries as the largest employers of unpaid interns.

Unsurprisingly, London was confirmed to be the hotspot for unpaid internships, with six out of ten being carried out in the capital.

Charlie Ball, HECSU’s deputy director of research, said: ‘For the first time this data gives us hard evidence of the nature and extent of unpaid internship for new graduates.’

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