said 1 year ago:
It’s funny, I was at a board meeting yesterday for the Southern Maine Community College’s New Media Board and we were discussing interns.
There was a lot of discussion around payment. Some companies have gotten into a lot of hot water for not paying interns. However, I’m a believer that the experience is the payment.
That, however, puts more impetuous on the employer to spend time each day with the intern, and not just tell them to “sweep out the closets.”
SMCC now requires daily journal entries from their internship students, and there’s a report card from both the interns on the employers and vice versa.
It’s important not to look at interns as free labor, but rather an investment in the community and an opportunity to possibly “kick the tires” before hiring a recent grad.