What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

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What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

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It can be frustrating to work at an unpaid internship, especially if your peers have managed to land lucrative summer positions in their fields. Unpaid internships may not help your bank account now, but they can be the key to landing your first job out of college. The first benefit to any internship is the ability to see the day-to-day workings of a business. My first college internship was in the Press and Publications Department at the National Gallery of Art. It sounded exciting and glamorous until I saw what really happened behind the scenes. Gaining real-world experience can help you decide whether a job or particular company is right for you. Another major benefit is the connections you will make. Everyone you meet can be a source of advice, a potential mentor, or a link to your first job once you graduate.

Cheryl Millington

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

College internships are especially important in this economy. The first benefit is that you are able to get work experience in the program you’re studying and you’ll be building your resume with relevant experience. More opportunities and doors will be open to you since wages and benefits will not limit potential employers. Secondly and probably most importantly, you begin to increase your network in that industry. Your internship can lead to paid summer employment and a full-time job once you graduate. So work hard and make an impact on the organization. Also, it’s important to stay in touch with the individuals you work with and meet during your internship. Hopefully, they’ll think of you when a paid position is available. You’ll also have an opportunity to see what a particular job, company and industry is like before you get to the point of applying for full-time jobs. This is a huge benefit that you may not appreciate when you’re still in school. I recommend that you look for programs that include internship opportunities and have relationships with employers in the industry you’re interested in. This will make it easier to land an internship and hopefully eventually secure a full-time job.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Paid or unpaid internships offer the opportunity to explore a career that interests you. It is not uncommon for an internship to turn in to an offer of employment down the road. You have had a chance to check out the company and they in turn have assessed your abilities. From an employer's standpoint, it is definitely preferable to hire someone who already has a sense of the job, expectations, and has demonstrated interest in the company.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Setting yourself up for a great paying job in the future or getting a great LOR (Letter Of Recommendation) for a job or for graduate school.

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

The biggest benefit of an unpaid internship: the experience! Even though an internship is unpaid doesn't mean it will e any less valuable to you. In fact, you may find that you make some invaluable connections that lead to a paid position in the future.

Ronald Harris

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Experience, experience, experience!

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

The benefits of an unpaid internship are the same as the benefits of a paid internship-you just don't get a salary. You can get experience in an area you might be interested in pursuing professionally, work with strong professionals, possibly find a mentor or at least someone who will be willing to write you a recommendation letter, learn how to behave in a professional setting and have an experience you can talk about in job interviews.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Experience, experience, experience. You literally get experience within certain fields. If you're interested in video games, you can get an internship with a video game company. Though you don't paid, you come out way ahead with experience in the field. Unpaid internships help you try out different career fields. You can get as much exposure as you want. These internships can make you stand out in the college admissions' process, give you something to write about in your essays, and ultimately help you decide which career you ultimately pursue.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

Internships can provide you with experience in researching and help you solidify your understanding of a given field. They can also help build relationships and connections within the academic and employment fields, providing opportunities for the future. An internship can often lead to a graduate degree opportunity or a job in the near future. Choose wisely and make sure you are working within a field you enjoy and furthers your learning. Don't just participate to pad a resume.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

What are the benefits of an unpaid internship?

While unpaid internships are controversial, the best ones can be very beneficial. There are many industries where it is simply the best way to gain experience and make connections that can lead to gainful employment. Many times there are opportunities for college credit as well.