Would you work for free? Listen to 6 Minute English

Some companies offer students or recent graduates what they call 'internships'. These are extended periods of work experience where someone can be working full-time without an actual contract and, in many cases, without even being paid. But does this mean some people on lower incomes can't afford to take up the opportunities it offers? We discuss the pros and cons of working for free.

This week's question:

Which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it:

A: Bombay
B: New York
C: Amsterdam

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


an internship
a temporary, often unpaid, job for a student or recent graduate at a company as a way of getting work experience in a particular industry

social mobility
the ability to move to a higher social status

to rule out
to exclude or prevent someone from doing something

established connections
previous or pre-existing links

having strong links with important people at high levels within a company

to open doors
to make it easier to get into a career

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