David Hyde, the young man who lived in a tent while working unpaid for the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, published his story on the website The Intercept. He describes how he planned to make a documentary about the plight of unpaid UN interns. He talks about his shock at the scale of the media’s response and how he accepted the internship “..but not entirely based on honest terms” and how he leaked his story to the media “After a week, I began to think of what I could do to raise awareness. And so I arranged for my situation to be leaked to the media”.
He also explains that his actions were motivated by a desire to raise awareness of unpaid internships and the challenges faced by young people today and how he chose to live in a tent because of the powerful imagery it would provide. “I know that in the coming days I may be criticized for what I did. Some may try to discredit me and make me look like an extremist. But there is nothing extreme about what I hoped to achieve: a recognition of the rights interns deserve.”
David Hyde, the Unpaid U.N. Intern Who Lived in a Tent, Tells His Story (The Intercept – in English)