Isabelle Couture and James Attfield approached the Canadian Intern Association in March 2013 with an idea: to research and write their masters thesis on unpaid internships. Couture and Attfield are both University of Victoria students in the Master’s of Public Public Administration program. Over the past year, we have worked with these students as they developed the Canadian Internship Survey and conducted interviews with interns across Ontario.
Now Couture and Attfield are preparing to release the findings of their study. I am absolutely thrilled that Canadian media has picked up on the importance of issues surrounding internships. An article released Sunday written by Lee-Anne Goodman from The Canadian Press has been reprinted by news sources across Canada:
- CBC News – Unpaid internships focus of growing backlash
- The Huffington Post – Unpaid Internships Backlash Growing In Canada
- Le Huffington Post – Le ton monte encore contre les stages non rémunérés offerts au Canada
- Le Droit – Le ton monte contre les stages non rémunérés au pays
- Montreal Gazette – Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada, called ‘exploitation’
- Global News – Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada
- CTV News – ‘It’s just exploitation’: Backlash against unpaid internships growing
- The Vancouver Sun – Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada, called ‘exploitation’
- 680 News – Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada, called ‘exploitation’
- The Star – Unpaid internships appear to be on the rise as Canada’s laws just a ‘hodgepodge’
Stay tuned for the results of Couture and Attfield’s research!