Are internships just for well-connected graduates?

19 March 2014

This meeting took place on 20 March 2014. Read the transcript here.

Internships are a growing trend in London for graduates to ‘get a foot in the door’ within competitive industries. However with little regulation on internships, young people may be missing out on being paid or gaining training and meaningful experience.

The London Assembly Economy Committee will speak to interns from a range of sectors about how they applied for an internship position, what experience they gained and the challenges they faced working as an intern. The Committee will also question guests who promote quality internships and speak to employers who currently hire interns.

The Committee will be questioning the following guests:

  • Ben Lyons, Co-Director, Intern Aware
  • Katerina Rudiger, Head of Skills and Policy Campaigns, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Mark Kleinman, Assistant Director – Economic and Business Policy, Greater London Authority
  • Colum McGuire, Vice-President (Welfare), National Union of Students
  • Victoria Harrison-Cook, Chief Press Officer - Campaigns and Strategy, Transport for London
  • Representative from ASOS

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 20 March from 10.00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

1. Stephen Knight AM, Chair of the Economy Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

2. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Alice Andrewartha in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603. For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.