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Covid-19 makes life even harder for Brazilian interns

A common entryway into professional careers, paid internships have dwindled fast in Brazil, potentially causing long-term damage to the labor market

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Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Brazil, the situation for young professionals joining the job market was already far from ideal. After emerging from what was then the worst recession in Brazil’s history, the country was grappling with double-digit unemployment levels and a growing amount of unregistered informal labor. The coronavirus crisis has come along to make this outlook even worse, while also dismantling one of the most common entryways into professional careers: paid internships.

The São Paulo Company-School Integration Center (CIEE São Paulo), a non-profit organization focused on student internships, noted a fall of nearly 36 percent in...

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