Every college student is concerned about his or her academic future, especially nowadays in times of the economic crisis. College students are desperate for experience that might distinguish them later from other job applicants and improve their chances of getting their desired jobs. Internships provide valuable experience necessary for jobs and are an important part of the academic career.
However, when it comes to internships, the issue of unpaid internships is a sore subject. With opinions differing on the question of the benefits of such unpaid internships, student are left weighing out the value of an unpaid industrial attachment. Many people believe that since an allowance does not cover the monthly costs, like living expenses and transportation, unpaid internships turn into a pricy experience that lay an even heavier financial burden on students.
While it is true that unpaid internships can be a costly experience, it does not make them a less beneficial experience. Internships contribute to career development and it has been shown that they provide more opportunities in the job market. In addition to the enrichment of one’s resume, internships are a valuable experiences that enhance the personal development of students. Since internships are a part of education, the costs have to be seen as an investment in the future just as education is.
While everybody may agree to some extent that internships provide valuable experience, the common objection is that unpaid internships are a heavy financial burden on college students. Internships at nonprofit business, government and media are largely unpaid.
It’s a fact that students have to pay for food, transportation, and sometimes even housing if they have an internship in a different town. Firms should consider the cost of living as well as ensuring the welfare of their interns. An allowance is not a requirement, but its a great way to appreciate the effort interns make while working in a firm.
This article was written by Capital Campus Correspondent Brian Waweru.