Should You Take an Unpaid Internship?

How to determine if a paycheck-free endeavor is worth it.

Interns should wait until they've received positive feedback before inquiring about full-time work.

Interns should wait until they've received positive feedback before inquiring about full-time work.

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While some employers will be closed off to any form of payment, Perlin notes: "If you're doing a good job, there is that chance, but only if you initiate the conversation."

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Does the company have a track record of hiring interns? To get a better sense of what employment doors will open as a result of the internship, ask about how previous interns fared in getting hired. "During the interview and offer process, interested interns could ask about the potential full-time employment at the end of an internship program, as well as the structure of the program and recent historical or anecdotal company data about past interns," Riemer suggests.