Paid vs. Unpaid

Top Reasons to consider a Paid or Unpaid Internship:

  • It’s the single best way to secure a full-time job with your employer of choice after graduation.
  • You will be putting your skills and knowledge to work before you graduate.
  • Gives you the opportunity to test a potential career field of interest prior to graduation.
  • A paid internship it gives an opportunity to earn a wage to help defray the cost of your education.

The United States Department of Labor has developed standards for the private sector to determine whether interns must be paid at least minimum wage. Government agencies and non-profits do not have to pay interns; however some government agencies and non-profits do pay their interns. Unpaid internships must be strictly educational in nature, and the experiences must be for the benefit of the intern, not the business. The intern must not take the place of a regular employee but work under the close supervision of existing staff, and the employer cannot derive any immediate advantage from the intern’s activities. Many employers require that students must receive credit for a non-paid internship. Finally, there is no guarantee of employment at the conclusion of the internship and both the organization and intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages. Paid and unpaid internships may be either part-time (10-20 hours per week or full-time (35-40 hours per week) depending on the employer’s internship program.