‘The intern is paying to learn, just as they pay to attend university.’
Introducing Etsio. If you’re seeking work experience, it can put you in touch with ‘amazing companies’ in a range of professions. Employers advertise positions on the Etsio website which people looking for internships can apply for. It’s brilliant. Here’s an example of what’s available in the world of film and TVproduction:
Now, it’s not uncommon for people on work experience to go unpaid – I think it’s fair to say that it’s par for the course – but this is the first time I’ve ever come across a situation where people are invited to pay for the privilege of working. Most of the fee goes to the employer, with Etsio holding back a small admin charge.
Now before you all get on your high horses about this, I should point out that it’s all about edukashun. As the Etsio website says, ‘You aren’t paying for a job. You’re buying experience.’ – something to go on the aul’ CV. ‘The intern is paying to learn, just as they pay to attend university.’
Is it ethical? Hell, yeah. As Etsio says, ‘With students now paying £40,00 for a university education – but zero useful experience for an employer – we don’t think it’s unreasonable for them to pay a few hundred pounds to get invaluable real life experience.’
I’m sure Etsio are not alone in discovering a market for putting prospective interns in touch with employers, but this is the first time I’ve come across such a thing. And, of course, I am apoplectic. Did you expect anything less?