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?
In a quest to cure concern, research indicates that certain unpaid internships may just be resume fillers–a bunch of words taking up space under the experience section. In an article published on The Daily Beast, the author claims that unpaid internships often skip out on the importance of a learning atmosphere.
Paid internships are where it’s at–the money and the experience. Interns who are compensated for their time and effort are given more responsibilities related to their field of study–giving them the hands-on expertise that potential employers love. This is a huge advantage over unpaid interns, whose only gained experience include efficiently running the copy machine and directing phone calls.
Others disagree. In order to gain entry into the industry students are preparing for, the internship is a key component in mastering skill and gaining knowledge. It’s the job of the intern to learn as much as they possibly can by asking questions and being a sponge–to soak up as much information as possible and be grateful for it. That’s payment enough.
The premise of an internship is to gain real-world experience. The ability to take any task and turn it into a lesson is what gets you the job. But the question that begs to be answered is this: will the unpaid internship guarantee a future career?