Paid VS Unpaid Design Internships
February 8, 2011 8:14 AM Subscribe
I'm a graphic design student. Members of an agency came to our class to recruit for their unpaid internship. Their work is great, they seem nice, but is it a bad sign that the internship is unpaid?
posted by buriednexttoyou to work & money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
School is full-time. I haven't had a job since moving to this new town and starting this school year. I have barely enough money to scrape by, but I would like to earn some money to make things a little easier. More importantly, though, I would like to work in a professional design environment to get better real-world experience.
As a designer, I've been taught to run from people who ask you for free work with promises of paying work in the future or "exposure." However, six out of the twenty employees at this particular agency are graduates from my school. Many were all interns at one time.
Here's the thing that is really sticking in my brain, though. My teacher said that better agencies don't have to pay their interns because everyone is trying to get in with them, so they have their pick of the best. This doesn't make any sense to me. Wouldn't the better agencies have the budget and moral fortitude to pay their interns? Or am I wrong in thinking this? Should I seek out a paying internship (or possibly a job) or should I give this one a shot?