I wanted to write about my experience doing an internship at Proud Gallery in Camden and Charing Cross, London. I was supposed to be there for 3 months full time but only stuck it out for a month. They use their interns as free labour, not even paying travel expenses. I wasted so much time and money on travel at this place. The jobs I did included cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the gallery, painting the walls, and scrubbing the outside of the building. I did do some research but apart from that there was alot of re-doing press books which didn’t even need to be done. It was as though, they were trying to make us feel like we were being given constructive things to do as well as all the cleaning, but there was no need for it. I even had to travel around London collecting and dropping off deliveries (at my own expense!). There was a time when I had to pick up a huge, very heavy box and they refused to pay for a taxi, so I had to lug it back from the other side of London on the tube, throwing my back out.
The managers were rude, they never spoke directly to me, even when I was standing right beside them, and would only give us instructions through the ‘head intern’ who was in charge of us.
I am really writing so that no-one else has to go through this. I didn’t meet one intern who was happy with their experience and even some of the ‘paid’ staff were only paid £15 a day, (for a full days work). I was so angry about all of this at the time. I learnt absolutely nothing working there. When it came to my last day, I just left, no one said goodbye or anything. They have so many interns rolling over constantly, I was just another in a sea of slaves for them.
Hope this helps anyone else come to a decision if they are thinking about working for Proud: DON’T!!!!!