In the Media

The topic of unpaid internships at the UN and the work of the Fair Internship Initiative are regularly mentioned in the news. Here’s a selection of the most important articles.

August 2016

July 2016

  • [In Arabic] “United Nations Interns”: the growing international movement against unpaid internships – Sasapost, 14 july 2016 – “the Fair Internship Initiative is in the heart of defending intern rights at the United Nations system and elsewhere; a movement that has expanded in reach and support from Europe to Australia and North America. The movement doesn’t ask for a lot: minimum remuneration for interns so as to provide for equal opportunity and break the chain of unfair reproduction of social asymmetries within the UN. As generally low-income countries, statistics indicate that interns from the Arab region represent a low fraction within the UN intern body; owing in part to what FII is fighting: unpaid internships”
  • Unpaid internships: The growing movement of young people fighting for fair pay – The Independent, 7 July 2016 – “Interns groups like the Fair Internship Initiative are increasingly organised, and we want to document the growing movement.”

May 2016

  • Europe’s Interns Strike Back Against Exploitation – Equal Times, 12 May 2016 – “There are stories abound of interns being mistreated. There’s the shocking death of a 21-year-old German student intern, after he allegedly worked for up to 72 hours straight in a top international bank.”
  • Jeunes stagiaires en mouvement à Genève -La Meduse, 1 May 2016 – “Les auteurs de la Fair Internship Initivative (Initiative pour des stages équitables) ont grossi les rangs du cortège du premier mai qui a vu, dans la ville des droits de l’homme, la participation d’environ 2000 personnes. La lutte pour améliorer la condition des stagiaires n’est pas terminée.”

April 2016

  • 抱团讨薪后,联合国实习生境遇如何 – CYOL, 27 April, 2016 – 去年,本报报道了联合国实习生生活拮据,无奈之下抱团讨薪的事件(详见本报2015年6月18日17版)。近一年过去了,他们的境遇如何?
  • Is the situation picking up for unpaid interns? – Swissinfo.ch, 8 April 2016 – “The plight of unpaid interns hit the headlines last year amid uproar over a United Nations intern living in a tent in Geneva. Seven months on, the situation appears to have changed very little – or has it?”

March 2016

  • Los becarios le salen gratis a la ONU – La Voz de Galicia, 15 March 2016 – “«No me puedo creer que se te ocurriera presentarte sabiendo que no puedes permitírtelo». Es lo que escuchó Nathalie Berger durante una entrevista para optar a unas prácticas en Ginebra. La estudiante suiza intentó en vano negociar un salario para poder mantenerse. De esa tajante negativa nació una idea a la que se sumó su pareja, David Hyde. Los dos se lanzaron a realizar un documental sobre uno de los primeros escollos a los que se enfrentan las nuevas generaciones de universitarios: las prácticas no remuneradas.”
  • Camping de la colère pour les stagiaires de l’ONU – 20 minutes, 1 March 2016 – “Peu ou pas payés, les jeunes qui effectuent un stage aux Nations Unies dénoncent la précarité de leur statut. Ils ont monté des tentes à la place des Nations pour attirer l’attention de l’institution sur leur sort.”
  • Les stagiaires de l’ONU campent sur la place des Nations – Le Courrier, 2 March 2016 – “Une trentaine de stagiaires actifs au sein du système onusien ont protesté mardi contre les conditions d’accueil matériel qui leur sont faites, tant à Genève qu’à New York. L’action s’est tenue sur la place des Nations, avec déploiement de tentes pour visibiliser leur statut de quasi-SDF.”
  • Au moins 500 francs pour les stagiaires des ONG – 20 minutes, 15 March 2016 – Vingt-sept ONG, dont le siège se trouve dans la cité de Calvin, s’engagent à rémunérer les personnes qu’ils prennent en stage à temps plein.
  • Des ONG s’engagent à payer leurs stagiaires “au minimum 500 francs” –  RTS, 15 March 2016 – Vingt-sept organisations non gouvernementales veulent attirer l’attention sur le problème des stages non rémunérés et mettre fin à une discrimination indirecte basée sur le statut socio-économique.
  • Genève: 27 ONG sont prêtes à payer leurs stagiaires – La Côte, 15 March 2016 – TRAVAIL – Les stages non-rémunérés sont monnaie courante dans la coopération internationale. Pas moins de 27 ONG basées à Genève s’engagent désormais à verser un salaire à leurs stagiaires.
  • Des ONG s’engagent à payer leurs stagiaires – Tribune de Genève, 15 March 2016 – Vingt-sept ONG s’engagent à payer leurs stagiaires
  • Svizzera, arriva lo stipendio minimo per gli stagisti delle Ong – la Republicca, 15 March 2016 – LUGANO – È stato introdotto il principio di un minimo salariale per gli stagisti, circa 2mila, impiegati dalle Organizzazioni non governative con sede a Ginevra. Si perché, finora, tutti quei giovani prestavano la loro opera gratuitamente, ottenendo in cambio delle referenze, da inserire nei loro curriculum.

February 2016

  • Por que a ONU PRECISA rever seu programa de estágios – Huffpost Brasil, 29 February 2016 – “Nesta terça-feira (1º), estagiários e jovens profissionais vão transformar a emblemática Praça das Nações, em Genebra, em um grande acampamento. A manifestação é um jeito de chamar atenção para a política de estágios da ONU e de outras organizações internacionais.”
  • A social media campaign asking for fair paid UN internships – Repubblica degli Stagisti, 29 February 2016 – “Unpaid interns forced to bear high costs in expensive cities: it’s a worldwide problem, not only an Italian one, as this webmagazine –Repubblica degli Stagisti – has already written many times. It happens in very prestigious offices, too, as the UN buildings. This is why UN trainees have been protesting for many years asking for fair paid internships.”

January 2016

  • The fight for paid internships at the United Nations – Rights Wire, 21 January 2016 – “The United Nations is at a crucial juncture—its stance on the nature of unpaid internships sets the tone for many states. As an example of the principles and norms in the international community, they bear a responsibility in setting precedent like no other organization. The choice on what to do with that responsibility is in their hands.”