Internships can be fun as they allow someone to gain experience, learn about the industry they’re interested in and gain some insight into the workplace environment.
In such case, an internship may be the best option for the person to gain experience and allow them to move forward with their professional goals. On the other hand, if the person has experience, they may be looking for the chance to learn a new skill or a meeting professionals to network with.
That being said, I dislike unpaid internships because of the time an intern is spending without getting paid for the work they are doing. And if the person barely has the resources to be working and going to college, then what is the point of doing them?
The answer is because it shows devotion and determination to the people who are in-charge of the internship. In addition, one never knows where it could possibly lead to, whether a job is offered with the company or via a connection that was made at the internship. It’s all about getting your foot in the door and seeing if it leads anywhere in the professional field.
So be smart about why you want to take up an internship and consider the resources that it will require to be able to complete it successfully. But there is a certain level of risk involved in doing an unpaid internship.
That being said, why should I apply for an unpaid internship?
They offer the chance to gain experience and additional skills that the intern didn’t have before. The past few months with my internship with the Skyline Journalism Department have been interesting as I’ve done a bit of everything.
I’ve done video production, In-Design and created graphics layouts for department materials such as flyers, in-house ads for The Skyline View for print and online.
All in all, it’s been fun to be able to do so many different things and be able to work with the head of the department, Nancy Kaplan-Biegel, on these projects and developing them and it’s exciting to see the end product knowing that you made it!
At the end of the day, it’s a learning experience that is determined by the intern’s attitude and the environment of the workplace they are working in.
Skyline College Journalism Department Intern