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When is taking an unpaid internship acceptable?

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Don’t work for free. Ever.

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When they’re providing you room and board

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Do you have rich parents? Then these unpaid opportunities are definitely tailored to you.

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Only when you are obtaining college credit for the internship. In fact, a few years ago several very large companies were sued for this practice and ended up having to pay interns that had worked the year prior and a rather large fine to the government.

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Never is right ☝🏼

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Yes I have rich parents but I've only ever worked paid internships cause I don't exploit my parents for money. So probably isn't tailored to me

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Never.

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Never

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Never

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I would rather be working an unpaid internship than not working at all. Obviously it’s a short term solution, but if you don’t have any other option I don’t see a problem with it for a few months until you can get a paid position

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Only when you cannot get a paid internship.

Someone seems defensive, you should embrace it, it's the fastest way up the ladder.

Once upon a time all internships were unpaid for college credit

Only if you’re getting college credit. That’s it. Otherwise, if an agency won’t/can’t pay their interns, they’re not anyone you want to learn from.

In 2018, never.

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