Should I take the unpaid internship?
January 31, 2014 8:48 AM Subscribe
Should I take the unpaid internship? Putting down roots in a new city, offered an unpaid internship which I believe is a good opportunity but unfortunately did not get the paid part-time gig really felt was a sure thing and would have made the unpaid gig more feasible. What now?
posted by dahliachewswell to Work & Money (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The field is environmental ed., development and the non-profit sector. I feel like I've done about a million interniships and am pretty demoralized at the thought of taking on another low-level opportunity. But, my problem is I've moved around so many times I always find myself back in this position...starting from the bottom. I'm in a new place where I'll be settling for several years. I want to say yes to this position so I can start DOING SOMETHING instead of grueling job search but I've also been trying to be more strategic and demanding about the type of work I pursue and offers I accept, so my internal career counselor tells me "don't take a step down the ladder!" Also, accepting would of course limit schedule and flexibility finding paid work, though I would only be committed in person to the internship for about 2.5 hours two times a week.
Internship details: I'm overqualified and the team is excited they have a chance to work with me. It's small organization with little money for staff (story of my life!). I've been trying to move away from enviro. ed and into arts organizations so this does not accomplish that but does allow me to get some more grantwriting and development work under my belt, which I feel is fairly transferable across the non-profit sector. I'm in a somewhat economically depressed area with lots of competition for the work I want to do. I am admitted to two MA programs and considering returning to school in the fall.
Help! I'm in a tangled web of wanting to say yes out of excitement but wanting to say now out of "standing up for myself". I hate to go back to square one. Can you give me some perspective?