Bell cancels unpaid-internship program

August 14, 2014

Bell Canada has cancelled its unpaid-internship program, known as the Professional Management Program. “The Professional Management Program was completed last April and is no longer available,” said Bell spokesman Albert Lee. The Record reports that Bell’s internship program is at the centre of an ongoing federal labour dispute between Bell and a former intern who is suing for back wages for work done in 2012. The cancellation of the internship program comes amidst growing awareness of the conditions facing many interns in Canada. A recent report found that the majority of interns are female and are often underpaid, and there have been questions raised around safety after an Alberta student died in a vehicle collision after working an unpaid, overnight shift. Federal and provincial private member’s bills have been introduced to help protect interns from exploitation and unsafe working conditions. Canadian Intern Association President Claire Seaborn expressed hope that the program cancellation would lead to more entry-level positions at Bell. The Record