"Okay, so I know it’s hard enough to get out of bed for work in the morning, especially when you know that you’re not going to be paid for it. However, there are a lot of benefits in doing an unpaid internship."
If your co-op is coming up, doing an internship is the best way to get your foot in the door. Doing an unpaid internship will often lead to something good if it goes well.
Many companies take interns back for co-op or even for paid work after a successful internship.
Even if the internship isn’t in the career you would like to pursue, nothing looks better on a CV than saying that you did an unpaid internship.
This shows your employers that you have initiative, are hardworking and are not all about the money.
Employers are now looking for more than qualifications on a CV, and an unpaid internship is exactly the edge you need.
The skills you learn from doing an internship will stand to you in years to come. Doing an internship will let you see what it’s like in the working world.
You get to learn how to work with others in the workplace, how to dress for work and how to handle conflicts and pressures in the workplace.
An advantage of an unpaid internship over a paid one is that you may feel less pressure at work. Getting paid comes with huge responsibility and can make you feel that you have to perform well right away, and sometimes this is just not possible.
With an unpaid internship, you get the chance to learn at your own pace, as it will not cost your employer.
Unpaid internships are a great springboard in starting a career. A little bit of hard graft now will definitely serve you well in years to come.
To hear one student's opinion on why they disagree with unpaid internships, just click here.