3 thoughts on “Of the internship opportunities that you know about, or have been involved in, how common are unpaid internships? Have financial considerations influenced your decision to take an internship opportunity, or to establish an internship program?

  1. Currently looking for internships and finances mean I can not afford to work for free. about half to a third of the internships I’ve seen are unpaid. This means to me that the company doesn’t really have a job available but wants to see what it can get for free. Some people get hired through this process which is why they take it. Which means if they aren’t set financially already they have to work 2 jobs. 1 that pays and 1 that doesn’t. If an internship can’t afford a salary after having many applicant apply for it, I just do not believe it is serious.

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  2. For the internship to qualify as unpaid “The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern” …in other words, you should ask yourself: why are you bothering to do the work?
    See the Department of Labor laws that define the six conditions that all need to be met to qualify for an unpaid internship under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
    http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm

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  3. I see a few unpaid internships advertised in my area, but paid is the norm. It’s a somewhat technical field, so employers can’t get away with too much worker exploitation.

    I once took an unpaid internship to gain experience in a field where I had little. I walked out after a few weeks because of the conditions of the work, and of course because there was no monetary incentive to stay.

    I’m a bit surprised both questions related to the finances of unpaid internships. It seems the clear elephant in the room is the immoral and often illegal nature of these positions. I would love to see those organizations that advertise such positions (and the universities that operationalize them in credit granting) be called out, in public discussion and in court.

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