Would you pay for an internship?

There is a scary trend in internship searching: for profit companies that charge thousands for a guaranteed internship. While these internships are with the best of companies, the programs do not ensure the brightest applicants get the job. All that is needed to grab a hold of these opportunities is money.

Internships used to be the way that motivated students showed that they were ready for their first jobs. They provided opportunities for hands-on experience in the work world, but were more “icing-on-the-cake” than mandatory. Now it seems as though any college graduate needs at least two internships under their belt to be considered for an entry-level position.

What I find most startling about these for profit internship companies is that it takes away chances from more qualified–but less financially endowed–students. Students have a hard enough time coming up with the money to rent a place over the summer!

–A

Exciting News

My life has been a flurry of making packing lists, working at The Center, applying for a visa (more on that in another post), and applying for fall internships! I’m happy to report that my efforts have paid off and I’ve accepted internships at TWO places for this fall.

My internships are at College Lifestyles and Kelly Olin Coaching and Training <———–click the links to go to their websites! At College Lifestyles, as a writing intern, I will be publishing weekly blog posts about Lifestyle and Fashion topics. I’m so excited for the opportunity to write for an audience and to get some constructive feedback. For KOCT I will be a research intern, compiling information on the latest career and Gen Y trends. I really think that this internship will put me on the right path for a future career in library science.

I am bubbling over with excitement about these opportunities! I can’t believe that I found two internships that are such perfect fits and allow me to work virtually.

Ta for now,

A