Internships: The Credit, The Unpaid and The Paid

Aug 13, 2018 4:00:00 AM / by Needum Lekia


Getting an internship in college makes students feel as though they are the cream of the crop. These opportunities are incentivized with numerous perks. During this period students are guided by mentors who help them understand their line of work and ensure that they are given tasks which challenge and improve their skills. The thrill of getting an internship is exciting for an eager undergraduate; yet, as a 20-something post-graduate, it can seem mediocre. Working for free after pursuing a marketable degree is daunting, nonetheless, it is common. Post graduates find it difficult to find a job when they are asked to have an associate or bachelors’ degree but with 3-5 years of experience. This article will shed light on the types of internships post graduate can acquire and the benefits of working each.

While internships are offered year-round, most students apply for them during the summer and winter. These seasons are in high demand because most students are on their semester break. Summer internships typically commence mid-May and last until the school year begins in August. While winter internships usually begin in November or December and last until mid-January.

Internship requirements vary depending on the company or the school. Internships are either: for course credit, unpaid, or paid. While all internships have certain requirements; paid internship requirements are more stringent. These internships usually require the individuals to be in the top percentile of their graduating class, involved in various organizations, and have prior school or job experience. These internships typically require applicants to submit letters of recommendation and a writing sample. School internships may have class prerequisite requirements and unpaid internship are less stringent.

According to the Huffington Post, students can coincidentally use to search for the perfect internship. The site lists opportunities by major, job category, preferred city, and company. They also include other resources, like internship fundamentals, intern blog stories, and interview tips. is a U.S. based job board, students can use to search for paid and unpaid internships. Jobs are filtered by job type, date, location, income and more. However, most paid internships are also posted on company websites. The best place to look for course-credit internships are on school websites. Course credit internships are unpaid and available to individuals enrolled in college. Students are lured to these internships due to the incentive the internship will act as a replacement for a class. Most students enjoy course replacement opportunities because they are said to be an easy A.

For those unable to find paid work and course credit, an unpaid internship is a useful method for gaining valuable experience, recommendations, and even future job placements. is a useful site for students in search for nonprofit jobs. The website sorts internships by their degree of focus, pay, or even by dialect. The website includes the names of the company and job description. They also explain how to apply for jobs and disclose the pay rate. The website updates frequently, so it is good to check it on a weekly basis. Working for a non-profit is an effective way to gain experience and connection is one’s area of passion.

Throughout my post-graduate career, I held all three types of internship positions. I appreciated the ability to adapt to impromptu situations and improve my skill set. Over the years, I have come to realize that experience is what gets you to the top, regardless of whether it is paid, unpaid, or for school credit. These experiences gained will continue to prepare me, and compare others for the perfect opportunity in the future.



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Needum Lekia

Written by Needum Lekia

Needum Lekia is an Attorney, with Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center. She has been a content blogger in various legal capacities. Her interests include human rights, women’s rights, and global issues. When she is not doing case research, she is most likely traveling and learning about different cultures via books or art and history museums.

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