To be paid or not to be paid; the answer seems obvious. Times are still hard in the midst of this recovering economy and families are struggling to make ends meet. The costs of college tuition continues to rise leaving students forced to take out more student loans. So what benefits can be gained by taking on an unpaid versus a paid internship? Before making any rash decisions it is best to sort out the good and bad of both options:
An internship is an investment and definitely helps students gain professional experience and skills. Unpaid internships are easier to find then paid ones, but paid internships will leave your pockets full for the summer. Whether you pursue an unpaid internship or a paid internship, think past “making a quick buck” and ask yourself, how will this help me in the long run.