Columnist Richard Rys of Philadelphia Magazine recently wrote a piece arguing that unpaid internships are the new entry-level job.
Rys stated that:
It’s not enough to simply have a college degree. Companies know that students need internships for resume building. Why pay them when the demand is already so high?
As a student who has taken two unpaid internships in the past, I am partial to agree with Rys. In today's job market, internships can be more valuable than even a college education, and companies recognize this. In fact, they are so cognizant of this that they realize, in many cases, they don't even have to pay their interns anything.
Me, I'm fine with the idea of unpaid internships because I view internships as an extension of my education, and thankfully worked hard enough during high school to afford income-less summers.
However, for many this is not the case. Some can't afford to take an unpaid internship. And for students who don't view internships as an extension of their education, their argument against unpaid internships are vaild -it's free work.
What do you all think? For the older crowd, I understand that internships are a newer development and weren't as important when you all were in college. Today, however, if I was a soon-to-be college graduate without any internship experience, I would be very concerned about entering the job market.