Interns Should Be Paid, Not Free Labor

Yes, Interns Should Be Paid

We spend many days doing a lot of work...for "experience" only.

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College students are heavily encouraged to work an internship or two before they graduate and enter the workforce. Internships are meant to give you a real idea of the field you want to enter, give you hands-on experience, and help you get a job in that field down the line.

The downside is most internships are unpaid. And that is absolutely ridiculous.

I speak as someone who is currently working her third internship overall, which is also my first paid internship.

An internship is incredibly time-consuming. You work two to three days a week for roughly a full workday. The entire day is spent completing tasks, attending meetings, and assisting with various projects. Oftentimes, you're being taught how to do things and may spend hours on individual tasks. In short, an internship is a lot of work. (Usually.)

All this work and time, and you're not even compensated.

It's great to come away from your internship with added insight, some portfolio pieces, and experience. But to not be compensated by your internship for everything you did for them boggles my mind.

I interned recently at a local newspaper and wrote content throughout my time there, including a full story. I really enjoyed my time there and the experience I garnered, but to have been paid for my published work would have been nice.

College students are often working in addition to attending college full- or part-time. Taking on an unpaid internship means less time to work and save up, or just pay bills period. The internship experience is great and may really help out down the line, but if we can't meet monetary responsibilities, an internship becomes a bit of a hassle.

To me, saying an internship pays you in experience is like saying you'll pay an artist with "exposure." Experience doesn't pay the rent and bills or cover all the gas you use up driving to and from your internship (especially if you're fighting through traffic both ways).

Internships are the professional equivalent of apprenticeships. Like an internship, an apprenticeship is where an individual works for an organization to get a real feel for the industry and get hands-on experience. The one difference is that apprentices get actually paid for the work they do! Internships are essentially free labor for the companies who hire interns.

The only circumstances for why a company wouldn't pay their interns is if they're a very small company or a small nonprofit organization.

Otherwise, companies should be paying their interns.

Companies take on interns to help future generations of employees. They hire interns to help even out their company's workload.

If you're going to expect interns to do as much work as they are given, PAY THEM.

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10 Reasons Why I Want To Be a Nurse

"Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions." — Jamie Tworkowski

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I truly believe that nursing is one of the greatest professions on this earth. It is demanding, but very rewarding. I haven't started my nursing career yet, but I am in college pursuing a nursing degree. Often I get the question "Why do you want to be a nurse?" And sometimes, when I have 40 assignments and five chapters to read in one day I also question my decision to become a nurse.

Here are 10 reasons why I'm choosing to stick it out and become a nurse:

1. You get to help others in many different ways.

Basically, your job is to serve others. It takes special people to be able to do this well. I love getting to help other people and show them Christ's love, whether that be consoling them when a loved one passed or helping them get better when they are sick.

2. Every day will be different.

You will have many different patients and tasks. Needless to say, no day will be boring.

3. You get to wear scrubs to work.

Come on, who doesn't want to wear scrubs every day? They are super comfortable, cute, and professional. You don't usually find those three aspects in one outfit.

4. You have a very wide range of career paths.

You could be an ER nurse, neonatal nurse, geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, and the list goes on and on...

5. There will always be a need for nurses and the pay is pretty good.

Job stability is always a plus in career paths. Depending on your path, you could also make a lot of money.

6. The human body is amazing and I love learning about it.

The human body and its processes have always been intriguing and interesting to me. With a nursing job, you never stop learning about it.

7. One day when I'm out in public and something terrible happens or someone has a medical issue, I can say "I'm a nurse!" and help out.

I've seen this happen many times and so badly I wanted to be the nurse in the room and be able to save the day.

8. You get to make a difference.

Being nice and caring for someone who doesn't get that kind of treatment just might change their life.

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9. You get to work with all kinds of cool medical equipment.

Every future nurse loves medical equipment and can't wait to use it all the time. We're nerdy and that's a good thing because our nerdiness will save lives one day.

10. You have one of the best jobs in the world.

Getting to help people while having fun and wearing cute scrubs sounds pretty great to me.

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To Be Honest, Business Attire Is Almost Never Necessary, And It Shouldn't Be Required For Everyone

No matter how you spin it, all of the reasons to wear business clothes to work are for the sake of appearances. Isn't it time to move past such a superficial matter and just let us wear what we want?

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When I express my contempt for wearing business clothes, I am often met with disagreement. People have told me that they quite like wearing button downs and slacks and lookin' dapper every day. To that, I say, "Great!" If you like business clothes, by all means, go ahead and wear what you want. But don't force such an antiquated work norm on me and everyone, regardless of whether we like it.

We're starting to see a lot of trendy startups abandon a handful of norms such as business attire, but most existing companies are still in the past when it comes to clothing. That is, many office spaces generally mandate business attire ranging from casual to formal (with intermittent exceptions like Halloween or Casual Friday). I find this custom both irritating and superfluous.

Of course, reasonable dress codes are highly important. I'm not saying we should just let people come to work in offensive clothing or obviously inappropriate outfits. There's a huge middle ground between that and traditional work clothes. I'm saying that it's unfortunate that many workers are prohibited from wearing what they would normally wear on a daily basis. For example, why are simple sneakers and tee shirts looked down upon in the office?

What I want to know is, does it really matter what we wear when we work?

I would argue that any mature person would be able to perform their job tasks regardless of their clothing. Yet, we are led to believe that business attire is important because it reminds employees that they are in a formal setting, establishing a sense of professionalism in the workplace. We're told that wearing different clothes to work helps distinguish professional matters from personal ones. I'm sorry, but I thought adults had the ability to know how to act in different environments without having to look down and see what type of pants they're wearing.

You may be wondering why I so strongly dislike business attire in the first place. There are several reasons. Business clothes can be expensive. They can be extremely uncomfortable and therefore distracting at work. Business clothes can require time-consuming maintenance, like dry cleaning and constant ironing. Lastly, they can be immensely impractical. Do you know how hard it is to find women's trousers or slacks with usable pockets? Or reasonably-priced "work shoes" that are both stylish and comfortable?

But the issue goes beyond the clothes themselves. It's the fact that we simply ignore the rule "don't judge a book by its cover" when it comes to professionals. It's the fact that it's not enough to simply judge a worker by the quality of their work.

It's the fact that, in a place where productivity is the main goal, formality is prioritized over comfort.

If the whole idea of business attire was suddenly abolished, would work performance and productivity drastically drop? Uh, no. You cannot argue that the reasons for business attire are not fundamentally superficial. And if there are people like me, who would much prefer to just wear my regular, comfortable (and unoffensive) clothes and shoes to work, then I think it's time we reevaluate the need for business attire in the modern workplace.

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