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The Daily Aus survey on unpaid internships found 75% felt exploited. 2016 study found 60% aged 18-29 did unpaid work. TDA investigates legal frameworks.
Have you done an unpaid internship where you felt taken advantage of?

The Daily Aus asked its readers who have completed unpaid internships about their experiences. Almost three-quarters of respondents said they felt exploited at some time during their internship. Here’s how 500 TDA readers responded.

Have you participated in an unpaid internship for more than two weeks?

No

32%

Yes

68%

Did you ever feel exploited or taken advantage of during the unpaid internship?

No

27%

Yes

42%

Sometimes

31%

Did you ever feel you were completing work that deserved financial compensation?

No

8%

Sometimes

17%

Yes

75%

 

Did the unpaid internship impact your ability to pay for basic necessities?

Yes

50%

No

43%

I’m not sure

7%

Other studies

There is not a lot of recent data on how common unpaid internships are in Australia.

A nationally-representative study of internships in 2016 found about 60% of Australians aged between 18 and 29 had participated in at least one stint of unpaid work experience in the five years prior.

First-hand accounts

Across the next few posts, TDA will speak to several young people who have completed unpaid internships, and investigate some of the legal frameworks guiding internships in Australia.

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