Unpaid internships are always a controversial topic. Some universities and professionals would advise young up-and-comers to take an unpaid internship because of invaluable experience and a chance to get their foot in the door. Detractors, on the other hand, would say that you’re “working for free” and letting a company exploit your time and talent.
As I’m quoted as saying in the article, I believe taking an unpaid internship can be worthwhile, but it’s essential that you set expectations of what you can learn and what you can do to advance the organization before you start there.
You need to identify a potential supervisor who is accountable for your growth, and with whom you can open lines of communication about your roles, responsibilities and future opportunities.
Check out Charlene’s article, and weigh in with your unpaid internship experiences!