By Rebecca Boneschans
In the journalism world, you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. So, how do you find said experience? Internships.
Searching for and obtaining an internship is crucial to filling up that resume, as well as your mind. But you have to wonder: are unpaid internships worth it?
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Workplaces flip-flop with echo boom culture
I set a goal this month to limit my use of the word “awesome.” When I came across this critique of Generation Y’s workplace habits on Jobacle.com, I realized that I’m not the only one guilty of uber-casual behavior in class and professional environments.
Though many of these points on the list seem trivial, most of the complaints boil down to Gen Y being inconsiderate. The age-old saying “Think before you speak,” could prevent most of these transgressions. If and when we do get jobs in this economy, we need to know how to keep them.
Click through for the list of techniques to better get along with older co-workers.
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Meet Lauren Berger. She’s been dubbed the “Intern Queen.” Why? Well, during her four years of college Berger had a total of 15 internships (most of which were unpaid).
After graduating from The University of Central Florida in 2006, Berger started her own company, Intern Queen Inc. The company was formed in hopes to increase internship awareness and connect students with open positions. Well, Intern Queen… mission accomplished.
The Intern Queen’s new site is home to over 500 internship opportunities within a wide range of industries. Individuals are able to search by industry, semester and location, making it easy to narrow down search results.
So, maybe you’ve already found that perfect internship, but need some advice on how to get the job. Well, the Intern Queen does that too. Berger’s blog is packed full of tips, tools and advice. Use these to your advantage and maybe you’ll be crowned next.
Want more? Follow the Intern Queen on Twitter.
Many of us have held intern positions, some paid, others not. Of course we’d all rather spend time gaining work experience and making money, but that’s not always possible to find. With non-profit organizations this seems like a legitimate problem to come across. But for organizations that just aren’t paying their interns, it may be doing more harm than creating holes in our pockets.
In a Forbes.com article, Richard Bottner writes “Never hire interns without paying them”. His argument is that businesses aren’t able to find the cream of the crop by neglecting to pay interns. Because it disqualifies the students who can’t afford to have unpaid jobs, the situation becomes discriminatory to wealthy students. Result: companies don’t get to chose from the largest pool of students.
After reading the article, do you think there’s a way to solve this issue? Would you be willing to work in a non-paid internship? If you have, was it a good experience?