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After the fuzz of this last hectic celebration period we are back in 2013, committed more than ever not to work for free!

On the 17th of December we had a meeting with some people interested in forming the Interndinner working group. These are some of the practical projects we came up with:

WORKSHOPS

//THE JOB OFFER WORKSHOP

Part I: Editing workshop – Roleplaying: Play the role of an editor – edit job offers with a red pen, send them back for re-publishing!

Part II: Tool box workshop –  Producing sample texts for replying to bad/unclear offer emails and answering the question what would your dream job be like? – Creating a tool box for job searchers and job givers.

//THE HOW TO TALK ABOUT MONEY WORKSHOP

Let’s learn together how to talk about money

PARALLEL PROJECT

//INTERNSHIP REVIEWS – These will be probably satiric reviews, we will creativity and humour with an informative goal. Ideas: To use a sovereign position (like a costumer) roleplaying, to make the reading of the reviews playful and appealing

SOME OTHER IDEAS:

//Radio Project:

//Theatre play

//Cards: Those are your rights! (As an intern and not only)

//ACTION – Email newsletters blocking “offensive emails” – emails that offer unpaid or underpaid work! Call for institutions.

And finally some QUESTIONS that arose:

How do you know that you are working under precarious work conditions?
Which are the (different) definitions for precarious work? Which one are we using?

Question: How to make the initiative more public? How to use the Media?

soon you will be invited to join these projects

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Since the last time in October, when we had a chance to sit together and share a meal, it has become literally visible to us that the problem of precarious work and internships is in great part a female problem. It comes to us now, clearer and clearer, that the gender distribution of unpaid internships is not an unexpected result but rather part of the structure and very nature of precarious work.

So Anke just found this great article by Madeleine Schwartz, very recently published in the Dissident magazine Opportunity Costs: The True Price of Internships by Madeleine Schwartz

Take a couple of minutes and have a look at it. Madeleine Schwartz writes about the invisibility, obscurity and uncertainty of the intern position and proposes an analysis of temporary and precarious work through a feminist lens. Describing interns as “the housewives of the working world”, Schwartz reflects about the problematic of flexibility and obedience demanded by contingency.

“A feminist lens can help us look at this changing work. Although interns have entered en masse into workplaces in the past few decades, their complacence isn’t new. We have only to look at the parallel case—women and their household work. Indeed, if we are to understand how to strengthen the position of those who do contingent labor, we need to look more carefully at the similarities of contingent labor, women’s work, and the free labor of interns.”