Why an International Interns Day?

4.5 million students do an internship in Europe every year. It has become a requirement to get a job. But, most internships do not fulfil their purpose. Policy makers, media and employers are understanding the importance of a better framework for internships. But it is not enough. The idea behind the day is to join forces internationally to act around two main objectives. 20 NGOS from 8 partnering countries partner to:

1) empower the interns’ community
2) achieve concrete political change

Events around the world on November, 10th

More events are coming!

Geneva, Switzerland

12.30 – 13.30 : interns’ demonstration and art installation in Place des Nations. Put off your shoes to denounce the “invisibility” of young people. 18.00: panel discussion to exchange best practices in internship policies and how to improve interns working conditions in general, hosted by the ILO Intern Board in the ILO Headquarters.

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Brussels, Belgium

Political Hackaton, demonstration in front of the European Parliament and panel debate with employers for interns, MEPs and civil society.

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Paris, France

Flashmob debate: After the introduction of internship rights, how to continue improving the transition of young people in the labor market. Organised by the International Coalition for Fair Internships (ICFI), Stagiaires Sans Frontières, Génération Précaire, L’Agora Jeunes en Europe. Venue: Sensespace – 11 Rue biscornet, 75012, Paris, métro Bastille

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Chennai, India

The Students and Youth mouvement initiative for social and political change will organize a protest in front of UNHCR in the morning of November, 10th. They will give a letter to the UNHCR supporting the global internship movement and one open letter requesting the gouvernement to take action on this issue. Venue: No 11, 17th Cross Street,, Besant Nagar

New York, USA

A flash mob in the morning, a panel discussion in the evening, constant lobbying for our cause before, after and in between.

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Melbourne, Australia

Launched on November 9, the National Fair Internship Pledge is Australia’s first independent review and seal to recognise and distinguish best practice internship programs.

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Trento, Italy

The Italian event of International Interns Day will take place in Trento, in the framework of the event “In partenza per l’Europa” promoted by the autonomous province of Trento through the office of European Services. A panel discussion at 11:30 in the morning, during the “In partenza per l’Europa” event, and a flash mob in the afternoon, at 3:00 pm.Venue: Piazza Dante 15 at the headquarter of the Region Trentino-Alto Adige. View more here

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Key decision makers who endorse us

Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility

“Traineeships are important stepping stone to work but they need to be valuable and �take place under good working conditions. A traineeships should be an investment, not a substitute for free or cheap labour. I warmly welcome the work of InternsGoPro which complements our efforts at EU level to promote quality traineeships.”

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Very much share spirit & objective of the International Interns Day for paid, quality, formal internships – stepping stone to full employment/further education.

 

Terry Reintke, Member of European Parliament

“We need to end the exploitation of interns as cheap labour! By hesitating to enforce effective measures the EU tolerates the precarious conditions of millions of young people in Europe. We call for quality internships that are paid, based on a signed agreement with fair working conditions and established learning contents. If we do not act now, the social marginalization of young people in Europe will proceed.”

Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament

“The legal framework and the quality assurance of internships is problematic in many countries. Real traineeships and entry level jobs with long long-term perspectives are needed”.

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Brando Bennifei, Member of the European Parliament

“…Such initiative is even more important since it is taking place after a very important Strasbourg session where Members of the European Parliament have extensively discussed with outgoing Commissioner László Andor the issue of youth employment and conditions of young people in the labour market. Indeed, we all need to use this momentum to make sure that young people and their conditions are put at the core of the EU agenda for the next 5 years.”

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Jutta Steinruck, Member of European Parliament

“Interns and Trainees are often used as cheap labour while doing the job of a regular employee. We need to make sure that young people can get quality jobs like everyone else. Therefore, the EU quality framework for internships should be more concrete, clearly stating guidelines and minimum standards for working conditions of interns. Particularly, an adequate salary and social protection schemes are crucial since interns are often unpaid which puts them at risk of poverty and social exclusion.”

 

Edouard Martin, Member of European Parliament

“I fully support the European Interns’ Day. The European Union has to be the driving force and a model in the fight against precarity. Why wouldn’t the EU and its institutions be the first ones to sign the European Label for Quality Internships! I am voting for it!”

 

Sylvie Guillaume, Member of European Parliament

“At the European level, we need to develop a legal protection and a powerful framework to support youth workers, volunteers and interns”.

 

 

Maria Arena, Member of European Parliament

“All the initiatives, as the European Interns’ Day, aiming at restoring equality in the labour market for young people, must be supported. The temptation of some, basing their arguments on the crisis, to impose to young people lower job standards and conditions, are unacceptable. Quality jobs for young people is a right, as well as a strong lever to recover from the economic crises”.


Lead Organisers

InternsGoPro

InternsGoPro

Brussels, Belgium

http://www.internsgopro.com

InternsGoPro is a social enterprise with the mission is to improve the overall conditions of internships in Europe. We do so, by increasing the transparency on the labor market for students and graduates. For this, we developed the “European Label for Quality Internships” to certify employers offering high quality internships.

European Youth Forum

European Youth Forum

Brussels, Belgium

http://www.europeanyouthforum.org
http://www.youthforum.org/quality-internships
The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. We advocate for a European Quality Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships that lays basic quality principles for internships and apprenticeships to become a valuable and quality experience across Europe.

Organisers

Pay Your Interns Initiative

Pay Your Interns Initiative

Geneva, Switzerland

Interns, students and young professionals wish to denounce the discriminatory reality of unpaid internships in the UN system and other organizations.

Génération Précaire

Génération Précaire

Paris, France

Précaires masqués venus sur terre pr éduquer les honnêtes gens à la rémunération des jeunes     contact@generation-precaire.org.

Stagiares Sans Frontières

Stagiares Sans Frontières

Paris, France

http://stagiairessansfrontieres.com
Stagiaires Sans Frontières (Intern Without Borders) is developing a new concept : shared internship between a company (80%) and a non-profit organization/social business with high social impact (20%). Our ambition is to reinvent internship (in the long run full time jobs) and to foster relationships between the corporate world and social innovators through young people’s energy and commitment.

Interns Australia

Interns Australia

Melbourne, Australia

www.internsaustralia.org/
Interns Australia is the support and advocacy body for interns and students undertaking work placements in Australia.

Repubblica Degli Stagisti

Repubblica Degli Stagisti

Milan, Italy

http://www.repubblicadeglistagisti.it
La Repubblica degli Stagisti è una testata giornalistica online nata per approfondire la tematica dello stage in Italia e dare voce agli stagisti.

Brussels Interns NGO

Brussels Interns NGO

Brussels, Belgium

http://www.bingo-brussels.eu
By working closely with both employers and the professionals, the Brussels Interns NGO (B!ngo) ASBL and its partners want to contribute to the shift of the job-market mentality, towards one where quality early job experiences are the rule instead of the exception.

Agora Jeunes en Europe

Agora Jeunes en Europe

Paris, France

Ganhem Vergonha

Ganhem Vergonha

Porto, Portugal

http://ganhemvergonha.pt/
Ganhem Vergonha! (in English, Shame on You!) is an activist online platform created to denounce abuse committed by employers and job offers announcers. Initially, the project main goal was to contribute to the regulation of job search websites. But later, Ganhem Vergonha! has focused on creating awareness for different labor exploitation phenomena, like non legislated internships, fake volunteering, unpaid jobs, recurrent salary delay or spec work.

Canadian Intern Association

Canadian Intern Association

Canada

www.internassociation.ca
The Canadian Intern Association is a national not-for-profit organization that advocates against the exploitation of interns and aims to improve internship experiences. Our work focuses on public education, law reform, academic research and gaining media coverage of intern issues across Canada and around the world.

Geneva Interns Association

Geneva Interns Association

Geneva, Switzerland

www.internsassociation.org
GIA is an association of interns working at the United Nations, International Organizations, Private Sector, NGOs & CERN in Geneva. GIA was founded in October 2011 by 24 interns from 8 different organizations. GIA is here to help connect you with people and events in Geneva as well as to provide social, professional and academic growth opportunities while in Geneva.

International Young Professionals Foundation

International Young Professionals Foundation

Canberra, Australia

www.iypf.org
The organization was formed to meet a need at the time to create an organization whose goal was to produce a global community of young professionals creating a better world for current and future generations through local and global action.

Fair Internship Initiative

Fair Internship Initiative

New York, USA

https://www.facebook.com/QFRII/

As the youngest contributors to the United Nations, we strongly believe in and are committed to the values of our organization. We therefore wish to align the working conditions of interns within the System with the values the UN stands for, which are undermined by the status quo.

Junior Chamber International

Junior Chamber International

Brussels, Belgium

www.jcithoe.com
JCI is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people, aged 18 to 40 years, spread among 5,000 communities and present in more than 100 countries around the world. Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.

Intern Labor Rights

Intern Labor Rights

Washington D.C., USA

www.internlaborrights.com
Intern Labor Rights meets every week in New York City. Our meetings are informal and casual, and anyone interested in this issue is encouraged and welcome to attend.

Make Sense

Make Sense

Paris, France

www.makesense.org
We connect Social Entrepreneurs with supercool individuals ready to take up their challenges : spot a Social Entrepreneur, take up his challenge and celebrate with the Sense-Makers accross the globe when it is solved.

Project 668

Project 668

Brussels, Belgium

www.project668.org
We are an EU-wide professional development community of current and former trainees from the EU institutions that aims to fight youth unemployment. We want to be the one stop shop of reference for our community to bridge the gap between trainees and potential employers

Sponsors

Uniplaces

Uniplaces

London, UK

www.uniplaces.com
Uniplaces is the global online platform for booking student accommodation. The co-founders, Miguel Amaro, Mariano Kostelec, and Ben Grech, had just graduated when they got together to solve a problem that they had faced during their time in University: finding student accommodation had to be made simpler, easier and more modern.

 

Think Young

Think Young

Brussels, Belgium

www.thinkyoung.eu
ThinkYoung is the first think tank that focuses on young people. It was founded in 2007 and has expanded to have offices in Brussels, Geneva and Hong Kong. It is a not for profit organisation, with the aim of making the world a better place for young people, by involving them in decision making processes and by providing decision makers with high quality researches on youth’s conditions.


Partners

Droppin

Droppin

Brussels, Belgium

droppin.eu
Drop’pin@EURES is a new online platform where young people can discover opportunities to improve their job-readiness and bridge the gap between education and a first job. Sign up for Drop’pin today and make yourself more employable! #DroppinGoFar

Believe and Achieve Program

Believe and Achieve Program

Brussels, Belgium

http://www.emsp.org/projects/believe-and-achieve/
The European MS Platform’s Believe and Achieve programme offers young, talented people with MS the opportunity to access meaningful, paid internships with leading and supportive businesses from across Europe. Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Erasmus Student Network

Erasmus Student Network

Brussels, Belgium

http://esn.org

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It was born on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. We are present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions from 37 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 14.500 active members that are in many sections supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students. Thus, ESN involves around 34.000 young people offering its services to around 190.000 international students every year.

EU Studies Fair 2016

EU Studies Fair 2016

Brussels, Belgium

http://www.politico.eu/eu-studies-fair/
POLITICO’s EU Studies Fair is the largest educational and networking event in the world focused on graduate and postgraduate programs in EU studies, international relations, business, economics, public policy and law.

Since 1999, the EU Studies Fair has been a reference for world-class academic institutions to recruit top students from across the world for graduate and postgraduate programs. The two-day fair, held annually in Brussels, is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to discover both academic and career opportunities. The EU Studies fair also features career seminars, personalized career counseling, guided tours of the EU institutions and university spotlights.

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