Post Tagged with: "internships"

Screen grab of "Stop Paying to Work" petition. (Courtesy RSU/

Paid internships: not a priority, says Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

After meeting with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, RSU’s vice-president education, Cormac McGee, says the ministry was honest in saying unpaid internships are not at the top of their list.

by Samantha Tapp· · News
Cormac McGee, RSU’s vice president of education holds his newest petition, “Stop Paying to Work” in front of the Student Learning Centre on Jan. 20, 2016. (Kanwal Rafiq/Ryersonian Staff)

RSU starts petition against unpaid internships

In light of Ontario currently in the midst of updating its university funding strategies, the RSU has begun a petition to fight unpaid internships.

by Kanwal Rafiq· · News
Ryerson should give interns a break

Ryerson should give interns a break

By Sarah Warne Ryersonian Staff Internships are dangerously popular. Employers are always willing to accept students, teach us the ropes, pat us on the back and move on to the next batch. After all, we work for free — what company wouldn’t want to take advantage of this? As a journalism student, I am grateful Ryerson has connections with some […]

by Sarah Warne· · Editorial, Opinion
Andrew Cash speaks at the NDP electoral district nomination meeting in 2009. (ABEBBENJOE/Wikimedia commons)

Federal government has a role to play in regulating unpaid internships: lawyer

Andrew Cash wants the federal government to regulate unpaid internships and a Toronto-based labour lawyer is backing the idea. Cash, the Davenport MP, tabled Bill C-542, An Act to Establish a National Urban Workers Strategy. The private member’s bill aims to provide protections for part-time, contract and self-employed workers as well as interns. While labour and internships are mostly a […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus
This isn't Dexter's kill room, it's Krista Brown's fashion week internship. (Courtesy Krista Brown)

Fixing bad internships with a new committee

By Julia Mohamed After 11 internships and one gig cleaning up a bloody sheep’s brain and pig’s heart with her bare hands, Krista Brown got fed up with bad unpaid internships. Brown found herself elbow deep in barnyard animal bits, incongruously, while interning for a jewelry show that was part of New York City Fashion Week. She left the internship […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
How to get rich at unpaid internships

How to get rich at unpaid internships

Internships vary, but the first rule of any internship — and especially of unpaid internships — is always the same: don’t end up making coffee. Interns know it; we want to show our supervisors what we’re capable of, so we work like dogs in the hope they’ll throw us a bone once our six weeks are up. Managers know it; […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Opinion, Voices

Learning experience or free labour?

In an economy where few things are free and time is money, many businesses and corporations are finding free labour by taking on undergraduate and graduate interns, instead of co-op students. Ryerson and other Ontario universities offer these unpaid internships and work placements to students in a variety of programs, and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) allows companies to not […]

by Jordan White· · Features