Dear Career Doctor:
I am in my 2nd year
of an MBA program, looking for an internship for the spring
semester. My question is: when a recruiter or contact asks
if I want to be paid for the internship, what should I say?
Also, since I will be looking for a full time job soon,
should I mention this?
Most interns work
for things other than money: practical work experience,
positions that improve their resume and the possibility
to get hired after graduation. Very few internships offer
much, if any, pay.
So unless you have
to get paid, I advise you to say that experience is more
important than money. Discuss the pay after you are offerred
the position. While many internships are unpaid, they may
reimburse your expenses.
And yes, say that
you are looking for an internship now, and will be looking
for a permanent position in June. Many employers use internships
as a trial period, others just use them as a source of free
labor. To find out, ask how many interns are hired on as
However, the bottom
line is: if the experience is going to look good on your
resume, it doesn't matter whether you can get hired permanently
or paid. A good internship is an investment in a career.
The Career Doctor