The campaign relies on individual ‘applications’ (or rather nonapplications) sent by e-mail to employers who offer unpaid internships.
1) Pick a call for applications
Review our Facebook page and pick an organisation/company you feel comfortable with sending the letter of non-application to.
If you feel that it could compromise in any way your future chances of employment, pick another organisation/company you won’t apply for. As this is a collective action, others can send the letter to organisations/companies of your professional field.
2) Prepare your non-application email
Enter “Internship application” in the subject line of the email or, if applicable, the text specified in the call for applications.
If possible, put the director of the organisation or the head of unit in copy (cc) of the email. Since the campaign aims at awareness raising in the institution as a whole and particularly on a management level, the email should not only be seen by human resources staff.
3) Attach your non-application
Copy the “letter of non-application” in the body of the email. If your email provider does not allow that, attach the letter to the email and write a typical email of application.
For example : “Dear Sir or Madam, I am applying for the internship your organisation is offering. Kindly find attached my CV and cover letter. Best regards.”
Download the non-application letter as a document (PDF)* available shortly
4) Help us keep track
Once you have sent your non-application letter, let us know by filling out a 30 seconds online form (you can stay anonymous).
5) Keep us posted!
If you receive any feedback from the organisation/company, please let us know. You can post the message on our Facebook page, message us on Facebook or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org