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What looks better on a College Application, Paid internship or Unpaid?

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This isn't tailored to internships in terms of job prospects, rather it is a question about which path would be better suited to place on a college application. The money isn't needed, but it would definitely be helpful. However, if an unpaid internship is a way to go, I will certainly not hesitate in pursuing one next year (as I'm in grade 10 right now). #college-major #college #internship #college-admissions

Having an internship experience prior to college can be a way to make you stand out as an applicant who is more motivated to pursue a certain career path. It won't matter if it's paid or unpaid, rather what you are getting from the experience. For instance, perhaps you can write about your internship in your personal essay or have your internship supervisor write you a letter of recommendation to include in your application. That way you are not only learning valuable knowledge from the internship itself, but you are using it in tangible ways to help you be more competitive as an applicant. Katrina Stein Translate
Thank you for your answer! Yes, those are all great ways to stand out and be competitive. I appreciate the insight, and I will definitely keep it in mind! All the best! Aun M. Translate
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T.’s Answer

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Hi there! In my opinion, it doesn't matter whether an internship is paid or unpaid, it's all about the experience you gain. If the money is not an issue, then you have the unique opportunity to search for and choose the internship that simply gives you the most relevant and beneficial experience and connections you're looking for. College applications and resumes usually won't indicate whether an internship was paid or unpaid, anyway! Good luck!
Thank you for your input! Your answer makes a lot of sense, the experience is what really matters. I'm really becoming confident in my chances to acquire one soon! Aun M. Translate
I agree completely, it doesn't matter. Chances are, no one will even ask. Jamie Schweiger Translate
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Samantha’s Answer

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It doesn't matter either way! The benefits of an internship are that you can learn about an area you might want to work in, so it's better to choose an internship that aligns with your career goals. Most interviewers/reviewers won't ask or care whether your internship was paid or not.
Thank you so much! It really doesn't matter to me at this point, I would be fine with either! Essentially, I believe that if I'm able to obtain one in my area (Ottawa), then I'll be able to show my dedication and passion to pursue this field. It'll also show the research I've done to obtain an internship (as it's often better to have some experience with the field beforehand). In the end, I'm working my hardest to build up the grades and experience to obtain one by the end of next year. All the best. Aun M. Translate
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Alecia’s Answer

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It doesn't matter.
The job role/function is the more important piece.
Doing a great job so that you have references, is important too.
Thank you for your answer. That's definitely something I will strive to achieve in my workplace in order to impress the company staff and provide meaningful contributions to their company. All the best! Aun M. Translate
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Megan’s Answer

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I do not think employers will even ask if your internship was paid or unpaid. Experience is experience either way which is all they are looking for and appreciate in a candidate in the end anyways.
Thank you for your answer! Good point, an employer just cares about who has the skills to do the job! I feel silly looking back at the question, but I'm glad I asked the question, as the insights and advice I've been given with is priceless. Thank you again, and all the best! Aun M. Translate
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