4 stories that will make you say NOPE to unpaid internships

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#1) Law, NSW

“I accepted the unpaid 6-month internship, which was a content marketing internship, because they agreed to help me with email marketing and digital marketing if I wrote content for them. After a couple of weeks of doing nothing but content, I asked if I could have some regular time alone with them to learn about digital marketing and they said NO. I had to work there for at least 3 months, before they would consider doing it.”

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#2) Finance, NSW

“I was, without a doubt, the number 1 worker in my division (of data entry). I know this because my manager and my co-ordinator have told me this many times and because I was going through 50+ files a day while everyone else was averaging 20. I excelled in every other area of my job as well. The work was gruelling, at the end of the month for about a week, they kept all the interns in for a 12 hr day, sometimes longer.”

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#3) Public Relations, NSW

“They had so many interns (like 10 per week/ 2 per day) in a pretty small office, they were nice and everything but it was really obvious that they’d have no idea who you were once you left.
Unfortunately, this company rotates through interns – they get to pay them in peanuts, let them go, rinse and repeat.”

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#4) Marketing, NSW

“I was not provided any educational benefit or direction and was also instructed to break the law.”

 

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