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Guil | 09:41 - 11 October 2011
Hi Yuzuriha and Psychogenic, my name is Alex, I'm currently an intern here at Pocket Gamer.

I'll admit right from the start that in a lot of ways I have been very privileged; I live in a first world country, my parents were kind enough to let me live with them when I was still at university. I have been quite lucky.

However, my support for these last two months -- and for the following final one -- has come from me and me alone. The internship is four days a week, allowing me to work for the remaining three days at a vineyard. Since the day finishes at 4 I also get to work as a bartender 4-5 nights a week, and still have a couple of days to see my friends.

I won't deny that this isn't an ideal set-up, but it's only for the duration of this 3 month period.

The issue about the ethics of internships is a wider one, and is something I have neither the time nor the expertise to tackle here. What I will say, however, is it is not as simple as you seem to think. My articles produce a lot more work for the editors than all the other submissions. I can't count how many times Rob and Rich have had to remind me that companies are singular. Keeping me on is essentially as much a job for them as it is for me.

Internships like this one are great for people like me, who really want to get into it as a career but can't afford the extra year at University to do a Master's. It wouldn't make sense for Pocket Gamer, or anywhere else, to hire me as a paid employee when there are plenty of more qualified people out there looking for work.

If you, or anyone else, have any questions about the internship by the way, feel free to fire me off an email. I've learned (and still am learning) a lot from it; and I'd more than pleased to share my experiences as much as I can.
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Psychogenic | 20:54 - 10 October 2011
Actually Rob, an advert for unpaid internships absolutely invites comment on the morality of the issue and how organisations that offer such positions are complicit in reducing social mobility in this country.

As far as I can see, none of the respondents are suggesting that those able to entertain unpaid positions are "rich", merely that they have sufficient access to funds to support themselves by other means (or that they are, at least to some extent, bankrolled by others). Even if as stated, previous interns have supported themselves through regular employment, there is still a wider ethical question. If an organisation requires someone to carry out work for them, is there not a corporate social responsibility to at least offer the minimum wage?

As you for your second point, this argument is totally specious, as the value and utility of the internship have not been questioned.
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Yuzuriha | 17:14 - 10 October 2011
I am not questioning the value of the internship - if it didn't lead to further employment I wouldn't care and neither would anyone else. Further prospects don't matter when you're not paying the intern for their work, and therefore are effectively blocking people who can't fund themselves from applying.

For those of us who have to work full-time and look after our homes, the people who can afford to take up this kind of opportunity are indeed rich kids.
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Mr Hearn | 15:08 - 10 October 2011
Hi there,

I won't comment on the ethics of internships, because that's a much wider discussion, but I'm going to set the record straight on a couple of points specific to the PG internship and to the remarks on this thread:

1) Our previous and current interns have not all been 'rich kids'. I dare say one or two of them have, but not the majority. Most have done the internship around their working hours.

2) We have a very good record of interns going on to paid work with PG or elsewhere. I'd say the majority of people who've done the internship, rich or poor, are glad they did.

Cheers,
Rob
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ian_343 | 14:03 - 10 October 2011
yep, another shower of exploitative media-types ripping off young people for their enthusiasm. stay classy PG
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Espekayen2 | 12:46 - 10 October 2011
A nice opportunity to get into the business but I can't help but agree with Yuzuriha. It's a shame that those of us who don't have the finances to support ourselves for three months (or whatever) will never get the opportunity to take advantage of such offers.
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Psychogenic | 11:47 - 10 October 2011
Ever wondered why social mobility is practically nonexistent in this country? It's because only those independently wealthy enough to undertake several months of unpaid work can develop the skills necessary to progress up the career ladder.

Still, it beats having to pay minimum wage for your labour and what does it matter if there are plenty willing to do the work? Deplorable.
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Yuzuriha | 10:10 - 10 October 2011
Yet another business that's happy to use unpaid work, thereby ensuring rich kids who can afford to work for free get all the opportunities?

Brilliant.
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Mctron | 02:57 - 17 May 2011
oops spelling error that doesn't look good
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Mctron | 02:57 - 17 May 2011
Can I becoem one if you want to see what I have to offer check out my blog at epicmctron.blogspot.com I am interested in writing for you guys for free.
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$John$30 | 06:14 - 15 April 2011
I'm really interested(more of my dream) on being a internship for this magazine, what is the correct email to send my resume in. I hope that for a person not living in the U.K doesn't become a problem, I'm on the U.S territory on the west coast on california.
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PG Anthony Usher | 14:58 - 14 April 2011
@NOVAinc

It's not a requirement but it is preferred. Anybody outside of the UK would, ideally, be within a couple of time zones.
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wepoo | 22:50 - 5 April 2011
Apologies, I commented on the shortened version of the story.
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wepoo | 22:47 - 5 April 2011
Might we have some details / selection criteria?
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NOVAinc | 20:38 - 5 April 2011
Is it a requirement to live in the UK?
 
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