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Should unpaid internships be banned?
Unpaid internships are difficult to regulate and monitor, often resulting in illegal practices.
In many countries the test for what constitutes an internship can be vague or confusing.
Many unpaid interns have
poor treatment during their internship including harassment and unreasonable working conditions. As they are not employees many interns are unsure of their rights.
Unpaid internships, in countries such as Australia, are often under legislated, allowing employers to bypass fair work requirements.
Malpractice is not limited to unpaid internships. Paid interns at top companies can be subject to
Internships are becoming increasingly
to ensure standards.