Internships are the place where you report to obtain daily experience, either during your time, before, or after college. Usually, people get an internship in the field they want to enter before they graduate. If you don’t attend school, you can still get an internship for the necessary experience.
Last week the word #internships was trending on Twitter, this started an uproar of adults and young adults in their 20’s expressing their outrage for unpaid internships.
Internships give us a great opportunity to learn, gain friendships, and contacts, but the main issue with internships is, a majority of them don’t pay you for the work. Why not? It’s a job just like any other job and some internships require you to be present full-time, this is a big reason this needs to be changed.
Companies want someone or a group of individuals to do work for free and be there as if they were working at a regular 9-5, or whatever the requirements might be. This becomes a problem because the average student or adult in their early, late, and even mid-twenties don’t have the luxury to work for free.
Now factor in transportation, food, and time. People shouldn’t ever have to work for free because their time is valuable, but unfortunately, companies don’t value interns enough to pay them. When the internship is over you’ve gained great experience, but you weren’t paid and why you’re grateful for what you learned. You feel undervalued, overworked, and unsure of what to do next.
You might think a student whose 21 doesn’t have something to offer a company, but they do because otherwise why would you hire them in the first place? Out of all of the interns who were interviewed why would you specifically hire them?
Here’s the thing, It’s 2018. Hundreds of articles are published on why millennials are changing things. Why we feel entitled, lazy, and our expectations are too high. We’re just tired of being undervalued, underpaid and want success. So, with that said. Dear Companies, start paying your interns because they want to feel valued too.