One cannot deny the benefits of an internship. Whether it is paid or not, internship is one of the very few ways to know the landscape of the work culture of any industry. Apart from, gaining experience and developing skills; networking is equally important which is only possible when one is a part of an organisation.
But to many individuals the first question is whether to accept an offer of unpaid internship? Down below are some facts which you can consider to clear the doubts, decide on the course and make the most of your outcome.
- On-ground Experience
A proper internship (paid or not) offers the opportunity to interact with people from the chosen field, giving a widespread knowledge and idea of how the sector functions. These ideas help in acquiring significant hands-on experience. Even if one volunteers, the referrals can be useful in future.
- Learning in Details
The most important thing to take away from an internship is new knowledge. If it is unpaid ensure you learn the relevant skills which are essential to find jobs later on, and sharpen those which you already have. Know the job responsibilities before joining so that you do not land up running errands for seniors.
Freshers are expected to not have any industry connections. A good internship puts you in a position, where you interact with people who could help later in profession. They can be your seniors, boss or even officials from other companies. Remember to build network and keep in touch with them, both online and offline.
- Getting Hired
If you are brilliant at work, and the company in which you are pursuing the internship might absorb you as one of their permanent employees. Not that every intern gets this opportunity, however, the exchange of few weeks with a secured job is worth considering.
- Giving Up the Money
Let’s be realistic here. There are many graduates who do not land up with an offer letter after completion of degree. Also there are people who have to pay their own expenses. If you’re in a situation where you have to finance your life, an unpaid internship after college might not be the right choice. But getting an opportunity in one of the best companies should not be let go off, even if it’s not paid. In that case, try balancing it with saved sum or doing a freelancing or part-time work until the internship is over.
- Extra Allowances
The internship might add nothing to your bank account, but many big firms offer other allowances, similar to their regular employees, such as on-house breakfasts/lunches, tickets/entry to events, book stipends etc.