No. Before the national minimum wage was introduced, many critics thought it would lead to fewer jobs. It didn’t. Interns are doing real work that employers need doing. If the interns had to be paid, then someone would still need to be employed to do the work that they do. In reality, young people are worth paying. Many have spent years dreaming of entering their chosen industry, are passionate and committed, and would be pleased to work for the minimum wage (or even better, the living wage).