SU president writes to Alexander McQueen's office over 'disgraceful' 11-month unpaid internship
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The University of the Arts London (UAL) students’ union president has written an angry letter to the East London offices of Alexander McQueen, after an advert for an unpaid 11-month internship was sent to a number of fashion and design institutions. The full time internship, which was advertised as lasting between six and 11 months, offered students expenses, as well as £3 per day in ‘lunch vouchers’. In her letter, students’ union president Shelly Asquith said that the label “should be ashamed” of seeking to treat interns in this way, and that the advert was “disgraceful.” The office was seeking out a “talented knitwear student”, whose role would include “knitting on a domestic machine and making knitted samples, as well as research, CAD, presentation and organising of the collection.” Asquith wrote: “Students gaining work experience is one thing, but where any person is carrying out work integral to the running of an organisation, they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage - anything less is a breach of the law... This clearly meets the definition of ‘work’.”
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