This is an area where I suggest you handle with care. Internship are not normal jobs. The main compensation you gain from this internship is the REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE. In some cases the organization is doing this to create goodwill with its community and possibly entry level hires and future employees. Thus seeming greedy may annoy your prospective employer and cause them to withdraw the internship or label you as a problem. While I realize you have bills to pay, some internships I've seen have a fixed salary and there is not budget for an increase. Also many are unpaid for the internship. This is the other side of this of the situation. Some companies may be highly bureaucratic and not want to unfairly compensate interns at different wage levels. If you feel you need more money you can Negotiation, but you must do this in the right way Some companies will see this as a strength, whereas others will feel that you are leveraging them and get turned off by that. Some say negotiation is best done over the phone. If you have an offer and you'd like to ask for a higher offer, tell the employer you have some follow-up question you wanted to go over. It helps a lot to have another offer to base your request on. My Opinion is that you research this company through on-line information and find out if they have selected a lot of interns and if they are paid. Sometimes you can find the amount paid, but often you cannot, but at least you would know that they pay or don't pay for the internship. If you choose to negotiate then here are a few points to check out: 1. Startups are highly likely to negotiate because they have very few rules and care tremendously about talent. Big companies are likely to have budgets and many will be highly concerned that you might accept a role at a competitor, but some do have internal restrictions on intern salaries. 2. Keep in mind the first thing that I said: "Many companies offer REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE and that is what you are getting as you SALARY (obviously no money, but the experience will get you to the better salaries and on your path to success. 3. If you do decide to negotiate you will gain a great skill and learn early. Don't negotiate just for the sake of it, but if you truly feel like you deserve a higher salary (after you have researched this) then it might be worth doing. RESEARCH IS A KEY WORD HER "KNOW YOUR COMPANY BEFORE YOU TRY AND NEGOTIATE WITH THEM.
I wish you luck in finding the right Internship for you. Be pro-active in your search for the right fit!! This is very important!!