Taking an Unpaid Internship: When Is It a Good Idea?

Last Updated Sep 10, 2010 7:17 AM EDT

With the rate of unemployment for those at the start of their careers far higher than the general level, it doesn't take a genius to see why many young people are considering unpaid internships -- even if they're out of school and already have a little bit of paid experience. But if you've already been in paid employment, is taking an unpaid gig just for the experience ever a good idea? Careerealism.com founder J.T. O'Donnell tackled this question recently in a short but helpful video for website Excelle. Her conclusion: you might not be getting paid in cash, but you should be getting something out of the experience. Check out her complete advice below.


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