The Globe and Mail


Is there any value in an unpaid internship?


Published Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012, 7:00 PM EST

The Question:

Do you see value in taking unpaid internships? Would you recommend that students who are having a hard time getting a job in their field take on relevant unpaid internships? Or is that just a way to sell yourself (and your pocketbook) short?

The Answer:

Unpaid internships can be worthwhile if both the company and the intern use the opportunity in the right way. The intern can benefit from networking opportunities, listing real world experience on his or her résumé, and gaining valuable on-the-job training. The company can benefit by having a new person share fresh perspectives on the business, having additional hands-on support, and giving back to the community by investing in new talent.

The challenge with unpaid internships however, is that some companies take….



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