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Unpaid Internship from £20m Reading Football Club

Niklas Vaittinen

Thursday 18th April 2013
work experience, internships, employability

One lucky graduate will be able to start a one year, unpaid, no expenses covered, unsociable hours internship at Reading Football Club.

Unpaid Internship from £20m Reading Football Club


Reading FC are looking for an intern who would love to work for free for a year. Gus Baker from Intern aware (an organisation who fights against unpaid internships) described the vacancy as unfair, and that it can potentially damage the brand image of the football club too.

On the plus side, if you are a Reading supporter, you get to see the matches for free (however as expenses are not covered, you have to cough up for your own match day pie).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While internships are a great way of gaining valuable work experience, which is often required in most jobs nowadays, a prospect of working for free for a whole year can be financially very daunting for most.

Unpaid internships can often mean that the job goes to the person who can afford it, not necessarily to the person with best skills, as Baker from Intern Aware has also stated.

The top 21 players of Reading FC earn a total of £200,000 per week, meaning that if each of them would give their salary away for one day (£28,500), this would more than cover a decent annual salary for the intern.

So, Nicky Shorey, Noel Hunt, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre, Adam Federici and others, what do you think?
 

Sources: BBC, Matchincome