Coffee Talk: Are Unpaid Internships Necessary Stepping Stones or Free Labor?

In the realm of career advice there’s a phrase that gets dished out time and time again—it’s all about internships. Almost any young professional will cite internships as the best means to get ahead—not to mention a killer resume builder. However, with so many eager applicants and limited company budgets, interns often work unpaid in exchange for the experience and industry connections. With unpaid internships a growing trend, we’re dying to know where you stand on the issue. Did you intern without pay before landing a job? And, are unpaid internships a fair means of paying your dues, or free labor in disguise?

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Stephanie Weers
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