This one’s for the employers hiring interns for the summer. Before you decide to post an ad for an unpaid internship, put yourself in your potential interns’ shoes.
Option A: Your dream is to be a professional baker. But the baking industry is notoriously difficult to break into. You can’t get a job in the industry without experience, but all the good ways to get experience require you already having five lines on your resume with the finest bakers.
But you see a great internship being offered by one of North Carolina’s finest baking academies. You’d just be working 20 hours a week, doing prep work and you wouldn’t be paid, but hey — it might help you get the job. You apply and somehow make it through the tests and interviews. And a miracle happens: out of the hundreds of aspiring bakers, you’re offered the internship.
You’re overjoyed, but now it’s time to figure out how you’ll afford to work this dream internship. You have a little money saved up, but you do the math and realize you’ll have to take another job on top of your internship.
You consider negotiating with your employer, asking if they can afford to pay you a small stipend or reduce your hours so that you’re able to work another job.