Posted by Kenzie Kramer
Something that you most likely don’t know about me is that I love, love, love scouring internship websites to see the amazing opportunities. I already have an internship that I adore and am not looking for actually looking for an internships to apply for. I just happen to enjoy scanning and seeing all of the cool things that journalists can do. There’s one thing that always amazes me on the websites: a paid internship. Maybe it’s just me, but seeing a paid internship is like Christmas morning for a journalism major.
When I talk about my internship to friends and family, I’m always excited to say that it’s paid. They’re typically not very impressed. People who are not in creative fields don’t seem to understand that unpaid internships are a norm for journalism and art majors.
If you think about it, doing that much work for free is kind of odd. Working fifteen hours a week with no compensation is weird when you think about it. Technically students can or are required to receive college credit for their internships. But is that really worth it? I’ve done two unpaid internships while I’ve been in college and I have to say that the only thing that kept me motivated through them was to build my resume.
There’s laws set up specifically for unpaid internships here. Basically, students can’t be overworked and they have to benefit from the position. Recently, there’s been a couple of lawsuits that have come out about unpaid internships. You can read about how a woman working at a magazine and a man working on a movie set are starting lawsuits here.
What are your feelings towards unpaid internships? Are they exploitation or opportunities?