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Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience

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Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience

9781800885035 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Andrew Stewart, University of Adelaide, Rosemary Owens, Emerita Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide, Australia, Niall O’Higgins, International Labour Organization, Switzerland and Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno, Italy and Anne Hewitt, Associate Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide, Australia
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 503 5 Extent: c 384 pp
This groundbreaking book examines the growing phenomenon of internships and the policy issues they raise, during a time when internships or traineeships have become an important way of transitioning from education into paid work.

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This groundbreaking book examines the growing phenomenon of internships and the policy issues they raise, during a time when internships or traineeships have become an important way of transitioning from education into paid work.

Featuring contributions from established and emerging scholars in a range of disciplines, the book presents important new research on the use, benefits and regulation of such arrangements. It considers how various countries around the world are meeting the challenge of ensuring decent work for interns, and what more needs to be done to realise that objective. Additionally, the case for new forms of regulation to minimise or prevent the exploitation of interns is explored, against the background of a possible new international labour standard.

Presenting new data and analysis on whether internships can – and to what extent do – provide an effective bridge from education to employment, Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience will be a key resource for policy-makers and academics in labour law, industrial relations, labour economics, human resource management and education.
Critical Acclaim
‘An important and much-needed volume. It foregrounds internships as a significant feature of modern labour markets and a key policy and regulatory challenge. An impressively international volume, the book draws on the work of leading experts from a range of disciplines. It clearly outlines the policy challenges and proposes a valuable set of principles for effective regulation.’
– Deirdre McCann, Durham Law School, UK

‘Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience is a compelling and state-of-the-art look at the global internship phenomenon. A truly international group of scholars probe the topic from nearly every angle, in what amounts to a careful but thorough demonstration that legally, economically, socially, and otherwise all is not right with the world of internships.’
– Ross Perlin, Author of Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy
Contributors
Contributors include: A. Blackham, J.J. Brudney, L. Cattani, A. de le Court, A. Hewitt, J. Howe, W. Hunt, J. Julén Votinius, J. López López, D. Luchinskaya, M.I. Malatji, P. McDonald, I. Nikoloudakis, N. O’Higgins, D. Oliver, R. Owens, A. Paz-Fuchs, G. Pedrini, L. Pinedo Caro, M. Rönnmar, A. Rosin, A. Stewart, C. Tzanakou, B. Waas
Contents
Contents:

PART I BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
1 Internships: A policy and regulatory challenge 2
Andrew Stewart, Rosemary Owens, Niall O’Higgins and
Anne Hewitt
2 The nature and prevalence of internships 17
Andrew Stewart

PART II INTERNSHIPS AND EMPLOYABILITY
3 What makes for a ‘good’ internship? 35
Niall O’Higgins and Luis Pinedo Caro
4 How do internships undertaken during higher education
affect graduates’ labour-market outcomes in Italy and the
United Kingdom? 55
Charikleia Tzanakou, Luca Cattani, Daria Luchinskaya
and Giulio Pedrini
5 Challenging the assumptions supporting work experience
as a pathway to employment 76
Paula McDonald, Andrew Stewart and Damian Oliver
6 The (non)instrumental character of unpaid internships:
Implications for regulating internships 91
Wil Hunt and Charikleia Tzanakou

PART III REGULATING INTERNSHIPS: NATIONAL
PERSPECTIVES
7 Rights and obligations in the context of internships and
traineeships: A German perspective 113
Bernd Waas
8 The law and regulation of internships in South Africa 130
Mahlatse Innocent Malatji
9 Internships and apprenticeships in Sweden, collective
bargaining and social partner involvement 145
Jenny Julén Votinius and Mia Rönnmar
10 Square pegs and round holes: Shrinking protections for
unpaid interns under the Fair Labor Standards Act 163
James J. Brudney
11 Work experience, the contract of employment and the
scope of labour law: The United Kingdom and Australia
compared 189
Rosemary Owens

PART IV INTERNSHIPS, EDUCATION AND WELFARE
12 Regulating international educational internships:
Opportunities and challenges 208
Joanna Howe
13 Universities as internship regulators: Evidence from Australia 223
Anne Hewitt
14 Regulating internships in active labour market
programmes: A comparative perspective 239
Irene Nikoloudakis
15 Trainees – the new army of cheap labour: Lessons from workfare 255
Amir Paz-Fuchs
16 Extending social security to trainees in Spain, France and
Germany: A tale of segmentation 269
Alexandre de le Court

PART V HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
17 Fundamental rights broadening the scope of labour law?
The example of trainees 285
Annika Rosin
18 Working at the edges of legal protection: Equality law and
youth work experience from a comparative perspective 302
Alysia Blackham
19 Traineeships and systemic discrimination against young workers 321
Julia López López

PART VI INTERNSHIP REGULATION: INTO THE FUTURE
20 Developing new standards for internships 335
Andrew Stewart, Rosemary Owens, Niall O’Higgins and
Anne Hewitt

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