Recently I have noticed (certainly in the UK) that a lot of the internships and volunteering opportunities for aspiring zoo keepers/zoo industry people are getting longer and longer. I was under the impression that internships were usually 3-4 months long usually giving the intern valuable skills that would help them enter the zoo career field. Lately I have noticed that a lot of these internships are starting to become year long "posts". Yes, that's 8am-5pm, 4 or 5 days a week for a whole year for absolutely free. Whilst I am all for people volunteering to get into the industry, because after all these jobs are very well sought after I can't really understand how zoos expect people to be able to afford to work for free for a year. After all, this isn't volunteering one day a week, or even two, these are essentially full time jobs. On a side not I've noticed that some zoos have been asking increasingly more of their regular volunteers so it seems to be a trend to "cash-in" on free workers. Presumably it's a result of the recession but I can see this kind of thing restricting people's ability to get jobs if zoos are expecting more and more free work before people land jobs as people don't have an endless pit of money to spend on building up their CVs.