Published: 16th Apr 2009

Perhaps New Start should offer internships. After all, as a national magazine, a past winner of the publishing industry ‘magazine of the year’ award, and a paragon of quality editorial coverage of the regeneration sector, ours would be a prestigious name on any hip-young-journalistic-gunslinger’s CV. Yet for some reason I can’t foresee a queue of Sheffielders wanting to make our editor’s tea (although someone has to – he’s not very good at making it himself). Maybe it’s because internships just seem so, well, southern. But really, as the government’s social mobility adviser Alan Milburn pointed out this week here (, they’re unfair and an outdated barrier to social mobility. When New Start shared an open plan office in Waterloo with an exciting bunch of other social enterprises I was amazed at the number of people working for free for one of our neighbours, an energetic think tank. They were all … (To read the full article, subscribe below)