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APN podcast: Internship troubles and Migri reform

All Points North follows up on an online controversy in Finland surrounding internship culture.

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This week the All Points North podcast delves into the sometimes shady world of internships. Portrayed as offering valuable real-life work experience, these stints are often a graduation requirement but often offer little to no financial compensation, which can bolster exploitation in the labor market.

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Tampere student Thinh Nguyen's internship drama sparked a social media storm when he posted his grievances on LinkedIn after his new employer withdrew his job offer at the last minute.

"I immediately realised I got into big trouble because I had cancelled everything in Tampere at that time. In other words I was ready for my relocation [to Helsinki] and starting the job in four days," he told APN.

APN talks to Salla Hakoköngäs from a trade union-funded summer worker helpline to find out what interns worried about exploitation can do.

We also hear from Julia Hsiao-Pei Liao who has started a petition to reform Migri in hopes of making the immigration service more user friendly.

Finland has the EU's second-highest cumulative uptake of at least one vaccine dose. That said, we find out how the rollout is progressing and learn what it's like to get the jab.

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This week's show was presented by Egan Richardson and Zena Iovino. It wasproduced by Mark B. Odom,and the audio engineer was Anttoni Wikström.

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