There are a number of young and eager students looking for a professional opportunity that will launch their careers. The problem is that a number of these opportunities include unpaid internships. For many young professionals, taking on an unpaid internship is out of the question because they simply can’t afford the expenses that come with the internship: travel, housing and meals. While internships offer a number of other benefits and professional opportunities, companies also need to realize the value of the skill level most interns are bringing with them. Asking for competent individuals to fill these internship positions requires an investment from the hiring company as well.
In this week’s PRSA “Friday Five” post — an analysis of the week’s biggest public relations and business news and commentary —explores the various pros and cons of unpaid internships. We also look at the various internships programs that companies are developing and how investing in interns can contribute positively to a company’s bottom line.