NGOs: Addicted to free intern labor?

The debate is once again heating up about a practice that, depending on the viewpoint, is considered either mutually beneficial or exploitative: young graduates working for free to get their careers started in global development. Devex spoke to several interns, administrators and human resources professionals in Geneva — a key European development hub — to find out why interns continue to flock to the city.

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  • Aliyah Esmail

    Aliyah Esmail is a freelance journalist and communications professional with a fascination for the economic and political realities facing nongovernmental organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carlton University in journalism and film studies and is now working on a postgraduate certificate from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in Global Health. She has worked for the government of Canada as well as a number of international organizations.