Having an internship has always seemed to be the most useful way for a student to spend a summer, even if it is an unpaid internship with poor working conditions. This general belief, however, will be protested by interns in Brussels on Wednesday in what they are calling “ The Sandwich Protest : against unfair internship conditions in Brussels…”
On Wednesday July 17, Brussels interns will protest in front of the European Parliament in Luxembourg Square from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They wish to raise awareness of their poor working conditions and what they consider unfair remuneration, with certain interns being paid, others underpaid and some not receiving any compensation for their work. The protest, created by BXL Intern, a group aiming to raise awareness about unfair internship conditions in Brussels, is organised through a Facebook page which states “Have you ever felt unpaid, underpaid or undervalued in an internship? When did you last have something else other than a sandwich for lunch?!”
“We are not an association with a legal existence; we are a group of interns who get together over working conditions, who realize there are many wrong things in the internship world. So we are trying to organize an event to raise awareness for people,” Dagmar Glozewoki, co-organizer of The Sandwich Protest.