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Should I apply for unpaid internships?

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I have bills to pay, but internships seem to be the way to get work experience and most of those are unpaid. #starvingstudent #finance #budgeting #workexperience

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Michael’s Answer

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Hi Kimberly,


This is a good question. I'd always prescribe to the thought of applying to as many internships as you can, see what is offered, and assess your options at that point. I would also speak with your academic adviser and have him or her review internship options that best suit your needs. There are many internships that do pay a wage. Another avenue to explore can be working with an organization on campus, perhaps even aligning with your academic concentration. Several administrative buildings and programs hire students to do miscellaneous activities that are both flexible with your schedule and will pay.


I hope this helps!


Mike

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Davida’s Answer

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Hi Kimberly - it really depends on your ultimate career goal. If you want to practice medicine, pursue a career in the Arts or Fashion industry, the internships are usually unpaid but the experience and relationships that you will build is invaluable. If you want to pursue a career in Sales/Marketing or Business, I would advise you to not take an unpaid internships. There are way too many paid internship positions for you not to be able to find one that fits.
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Carlos’s Answer

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Internships are great, try to get one that is with a big company, they tend to be more relevant and recognized, and most large companies will not have you work for free, if it is unpaid you can expect a lot of trainings, which translates into free education for you, also try to talk to people that have done the internship before you although all experiences will be different, most times the programs are almost identical, and lastly join a professional organization, these also open a lot of opportunities.
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