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?