Yesterday a new law was proposed to Parliament by Tory MP Alec Shelbrook, to limit any unpaid work experience to four weeks. Rather than an outright ban, this time constraint has been suggested to ensure the fair treatment of young people undertaking student or graduate internships, so that they are not exploited long-term.

The motion was supported by campaign group Intern Aware who said unpaid internships “hold back talented people who simply can’t afford to work for free.”

This proposal follows many challenges to the legality of unpaid internships in recent times, due to confusion surrounding the difference between interns and workers.

Browse the latest paid internship opportunities on Inside Careers.

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