Get skills, not bills, on an unpaid internship
Each summer, students flood desks as unpaid interns, soaking up their knowledge and seeking positive references while taking lunch orders and organizing storage cupboards. But this reliance on unpaid work leaves students unable to afford free work. From moving to another city temporarily, buying and maintaining proper office attire, and paying daily expenses, adding a few lines to your resume can cost thousands of dollars.
According to Carlos Mark Vera, co-founder and executive director of Pay Our Interns, a nonprofit that fights to end unpaid internships across the country across all industries, unpaid internships disproportionately hurt people. specific populations. Women work without pay more often than men, and compared to white interns, black and Latino interns take on more debt during their internships. “It really creates that glass ceiling for people of color,” says Vera.