The Brussels Interns NGO is starting a campaign to eradicate unpaid internship programmes in Brussels in 2-years time. Why? Unpaid internships are unfair and unfulfilling, and unpaid work is against Belgian law. How? The Brussels Interns NGO will monitor internship offers online and contact internship-providers to clarify and call their attention to Belgian law. All actions taken by the Brussels Interns NGO will be posted online. What do we need? Funds to cover running costs (postage, mostly).
1) Exclusion of young professionals that do not have the financial capabilities to undergo unpaid internship programmes in order to kick-off their careers.
2) Abuse, by internship-providers, of an overload of qualified labour in the job market.
Eradicate unpaid internships in Belgium within 2 years of activities
1) Monitoring the internship market in Brussels (as we do not have the human resources to monitor the entire Belgian market) and approach entities providing unpaid internships to ask them to stop doing so. In case the entity is non-responsive, Belgian employment authorities will be called to intervene. Goals: deter providers from offering unpaid internships; inform the general public of what entities provide illegal internships.
2) Posting information on legal framework against unpaid work in Belgium. Goals: inform providers and internship seekers on Belgian legal framework.
3) Arranging meetings with Belgian authorities. Goal: push for legislation clearly mentioning unpaid internships are illegal.
The current and futures generations of young professionals.
Its boldness and strong legal basis.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Postage expenses (to send correspondence to internship-providers not complying with Belgian legislation) + volunteers' insurance (necessary by law in Belgium) + volunteers' monthly reimbursement (optional by law, but desired in order to compensate the volunteers for their hard work). The activities taking place in Brussels, there are no travel nor accommodation costs.