When I began working at CMP (now UBM, the publisher of Internet Evolution), I was amazed to discover that the company offered paid editorial internships. On Long Island, the area I lived at the time. Talk about kicking yourself for missing an opportunity! So my advice to college students is to dig a bit deeper when researching internships; you never know whether there actually is a paid gig somewhere outside your advisor's area of expertise.
I must say, having Rolling Stone on my resume opened a lot of doors. I don't even recall how I got the internship, although I know I interviewed with Tish, the person who was responsible for overseeing the mag's internship program for many years and the editor who offered me the f/t job as my graduation date neared. Ironically, only one job interviewer asked what I did there; everyone else was wowed by the name of the magazine. So in that sense, slaving there paid dividends later on.
stotheco- You are right. Treating interns right is important and I think its more important than paying them. A few of my frinds left their internship just because the employer was making them work overtime than his regular employees.
It's desirable to pay interns, but I think the market's assumption right now is that there are so many able college graduates unable to get work, that expenses--and maybe a tiny stipend--will get you good staff, especially if you're business is worth putting on a resume.
@Alison, I agree with your statement that free pass for free labor isn't right. But these days more and more companies are avoiding pay to the interns because they want to do cost cutting. So they hiring interns instead of employees because they dont want to pay full time salary to the employees.
@dcawery,ya i agree with you ....internships do provide the confidence to interns and help them to get the knowledge about the working environment, and also guide them to choose a perfect domain to work in future.
I agree: I think it's only right that companies pay interns, especially when interns end up doing a lot of gofer or clerical work that would otherwise be done by a full-time employee. Will some companies stop hiring interns if they have to pay them? Perhaps. But this free pass for free labor isn't right.
I think internships should be paid, It not only encourages more students to do internships but also helps the companies to recruit the employees with the part-time experience. Also paid internships makes the interns more responsible and do the work seriously.
I was fortunate, too: I earned a full scholarship and my parents paid for my apartment. I took on all the jobs because I wanted to be independent. Lots of my college friends worked at least one job; I think I had the most! But I didn't leave school saddled with debt, so there was a plus to all those long days and nights.
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