Unpaid Internships : An Internship

927 Words Nov 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Internships Fetching an endless amount of coffee for employees. Copying a constant supply of papers for a business meeting. Running around and completing errands continuously are the many tasks that sound like a stereotypical unpaid internship. But not all internships consist of these tasks and even if they do, they are important because they provide experience, networking, and possibly a job. However, unpaid internships are not as lucrative because in the recent years, researchers have found that paid internships lead to better jobs and higher pay.
Internships are one of the best ways to gain experience, network, and test out a career. Any internship taken allows the individual to find out what he or she wants or does not want to do. My father interned for a construction company and realized he absolutely hated it. He later received a paid internship as an accountant with a company which he networked with to later find full time employment. Without those internships, he would have never found that he hated construction but loved accounting.
However, unpaid internships can be a dangerous territory because some individuals run into financial dilemmas. Students cannot always afford to accept an internship that is not paid. According to Wisniewski (2013), “60 percent of them take another job to pay for all their finances.” Since many students are responsible for paying their tuition this can be extremely challenging. Burger (2014) stated that “many [students] would prefer…
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