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Sep
04

“I Work Hard for No Money” – Are Unpaid Internships Really Worth Your Time?

Thinking that sweet unpaid internship at JPMorgan will land you a guaranteed job after graduation? Think again.

According to the University of Georgia’s Red and Black, in 2012 the  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted a survey revealing that just 37% of unpaid interns received job offers, only one percent higher than those who hadn’t done an internship at all. Paid interns however, received nearly double that amount, with a whopping 60% of the 48,000 students studied going on to receive at least one job offer.

But wait – don’t get too discouraged. Although these statistics may be difficult to hear, keep in mind the valuable industry experience gained from each internship opportunity, paid or unpaid. As an intern, you have the chance to develop connections and skills necessary to make you a more viable candidate in the job search later on.

Want to score an internship that comes recommended? Check out the Internship Feedback database (access via the Internships tab in Dartboard). You’ll see internship reviews and contact information, supplied by current students and recent grads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

check out the new Internship Feedback database in Dartboard’s Internship section, and see internship reviews and contact leads provided by other Dartmouth students!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~careerblog/2012/09/i-work-hard-for-no-money-are-unpaid-internships-really-worth-your-time/

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