Opinion: From our Readers - Internship offers a valuable start

One way to take hold of the PR career ladder (Features, 7 August) is for graduates to offer themselves as interns. The work experience is valuable for the intern but also for the staff who take on their supervision.

It would be a rich candidate who could work for free, so we offer out-of-pocket expenses up to £100 per week, for three months. We currently have three interns working alongside a manager, one to one. It's not expensive. They tell me it's interesting and we've never needed to bring an internship to an early close.

I shall be sad to see Mike, Chetan and Katherine leave next month - to their respective jobs. And one day, when we need PR agency support, perhaps they won't charge us quite so much.

Clive Booth, director of public affairs and media relations, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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