Monday, April 12, 2010
Unpaid intern--what do you think?
Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, writes on CareerBuilder about today’s cheapster special—the internship.
OK—I think most internships are sort of exploitive, talking people into thinking they need to work for free to gain experience.
Many these days do not give any college credit—just a chance to work long hours, fetch coffee, and be in the presence of greatness.
Anita wrote this from another view, though—how college kids can talk a business into letting them work free. Two interns at a Hong Kong company recently lauded this type of opportunity in the WSJ, too, I saw. So there are two sides…
If you want a free experience-type job, Anita says to learn about the company beforehand, see how you could fit in.
Be honest about what you bring to the party—and how many hours you could put in.
Some internships do not require top grades. Take it one step at a time.
Sponge up knowledge on the job—volunteer to be useful.
After you leave, stay in touch with the people—could be pay in your future.
So--what do you think? Is the era of the unpaid intern ending or just getting started?