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    Interning and investing: rethinking unpaid work, social capital and the “Human Capital Regime”

    Hope, Sophie and Figiel, J. (2015) Interning and investing: rethinking unpaid work, social capital and the “Human Capital Regime”. Triple C: Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 13 (2), ISSN 1726-670X.

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    Abstract

    For young workers, interning is a strategy for speculating on one’s asset portfolio. Students and graduates undertake internships as a way of maintaining their self-appreciation and avoiding depreciation in a “human capital regime.” In this article, we explore the specific example of interning in the creative industries as the self-management of human capital vis a vis the human capital theses. Taking three cultural objects and recent representations of the issue of unpaid internships—Intern magazine, an advert for a “volunteering opportunity” student placement, and testimonies from interns—we analyze how unpaid work in the creative industries and the neoliberal version of human capital entrepreneurship can be seen as embodied by interns.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): internships, human capital, employability, unpaid work, policy
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC)
    Depositing User: Sophie Hope
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 14:33
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12737

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