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Ways To Do An Unpaid Internship

Unpaid Internship

The majority of paid internships are usually found in the business world.

Students interested in finance (investment and commercial banking, venture capital, accounting), information technology, marketing and sales, and entertainment will often get the best paid internships.

Keep in mind that many sales positions consist mainly of cold calling of which salary is based on percentage of results, a multi-level marketing or sales internship may not hold the financial rewards that are listed in the internship description.

Recently more organizations are offering at least a modest stipend to get the most talented students to apply. Unpaid internships can be valuable for those students who can afford to do them.

Gaining the relevant skills required for getting hired in the field along with making connections with professionals in the field can be invaluable. It is important to base your decision on not doing an unpaid internship more on financial need than on the principle that you refuse to work for nothing.

–          Research individual grants, scholarships and partnerships on the web:

There are many organizations and foundations who provide grants for students seeking to gain relevant work experience by completing an internship in their field of study while they are in college. Scholarships are awarded to many individuals by type based on personal experience and professional pursuits.

Often scholarships are awarded for some unique attribute or interest of the student and there are thousands of unique opportunities that exist

Whatever you or your family’s situation or uniqueness, there may be available grant money offered through the federal or state government, organizations, and/or foundations.

–          Financial help options:

You may apply for additional financial aid if you have reason to believe that you will need to do an unpaid internship in order to gain the experience you will need to get hired.

This is not the ideal situation and should be explored if you feel there are no other options. Of course discussing your finances with a professional should be considered when taking on any additional debt.


–          Apply for a part-time job:

Many students will combine a part-time job with an unpaid internship.

Since many internships can be done part-time, coupling that with a part-time job may not be such a bad idea.

Combining a job with an internship may give you the best of both worlds – relevant experience in your chosen field along with some money to help pay for some of your college costs and other incidentals.


–          Being Proactive and looking at the Options is Well Worth the Effort:

Gaining relevant experience and developing professional connections with professionals in your field are two of the most important aspects of completing an internship. Once you complete your internship, the experience you gained can be used to help you build a strong and effective resume.

Checking out some or all of the various options that may permit you to do the perfect unpaid internship is well worth the effort. Remember we are talking about a very short time-frame that can make a huge difference in your career.

By taking a proactive stance you will be capitalizing on your education while seeking ways that you can compliment it by creating a bridge between the academic and real world by doing an internship.

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