By Fatima Syed
By the time fourth-year fashion design student Sydney Allen-Ash graduates, she will have completed 400 hours of unpaid internship work — a placement she found and applied to on her own and pays $700 for as a course requirement.
To compensate for the free time she spends at her placement, Allen-Ash does up to 25 hours of freelance and contract work each week as a necessity, in addition to classes. This is a schedule that’s all too familiar for many Ryerson students.
Fatima Syed is a second-year Graduate student at the Ryerson School of Journalism.