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27 Things You'll Get If You've Ever Been An Unpaid Intern

You can't pay rent with all that valuable life experience you're earning.

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1. So you've reached the sad and boring death march of adult life, and it's time to get a job.

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But you can't get a job without ~experience~, so you think, how about an internship eh?? What could go wrong????

2. But oh wait, it turns out you can't even get an internship without experience, either!

This internship literally requires both an undergraduate degree seeking student and 1+ year in-field experience.

Also how are you even supposed to be experienced AND a student at the same time?

3. And even an UNPAID internship can require you to have previous experience.

This UNPAID INTERNSHIP requires 2+ years of experience......

I thought getting experience was the point??????

4. Or they just list some pretty specific or weird qualifications that you will definitely have to ignore when you apply.

"Looking for Graphic Design Intern(unpaid), Must be advanced in: Ps,Dw,Ae,Ai,Id,Pr,Wordpress,Excel, & Gymnastics"

5. As if it weren't all absurd/depressing enough, there are internships offered out there for people with Masters' degrees.

That's some grown-ass, qualified-as-hell people expected to work for free.
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That's some grown-ass, qualified-as-hell people expected to work for free.

6. Realising all of this, and knowing that it's actually REALLY COMPETITIVE to even get an unpaid internship, can be a pretty rude awakening.

when I read: "holding degree" "rising junior or senior" "unpaid intern" "previous experience required"

You need a job for money, and you apparently need a job that doesn't pay anything to get a job for money, hahahaha everything will be fine.

7. But you figure since you're totally screwed anyway, you may as well accept whatever you're offered.

Of course, you can only afford to do this if you have:

a) Savings

b) Parents that spoil you tbh

c) A place to stay for free

d) Another, actual, PAYING job that you work at the same time to pay the bills

e) A death wish

f) All of the above

8. Of course, once you actually start your internship, you might find your responsibilities a little bit...underwhelming.

9. But at least you learn how to keep your bosses happy.

10. That is, if your bosses even notice that you're there.

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11. Hopefully your bosses even learn your name.

If they don't, maybe they'll give you a fun nickname, though! Like "intern".
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If they don't, maybe they'll give you a fun nickname, though! Like "intern".

12. A lot of days, you do literally nothing.

Except for slowly but surely adding a notch to your CV, of course.
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Except for slowly but surely adding a notch to your CV, of course.

13. Yet somehow your "job" is still weirdly stressful.

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Cause maybe if you REALLY impress them with your diligent photocopying, you'll get a proper, real job, with money and security everything!

14. Or maybe you DO have a lot of real responsibilities, and your work is contributing a LOT to the office's success, and you're just there like, lol, I don't get paid for this.

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"Is my labour being exploited to profit the man?," you ask yourself, correctly.

15. Perhaps your job entails giving people their mail, which makes no sense, because you're the only one who doesn't know anybody's names.

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It's just obviously not efficient to do it this way, is it??

16. In any case, your role as an unpaid intern might be a little bit humiliating.

You're still keen to please though!
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You're still keen to please though!

17. And if you're a little bit older than most unpaid interns, you definitely feel your age.

Just keep your eye on the further-down-the-line having-an-actual job prize!
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Just keep your eye on the further-down-the-line having-an-actual job prize!

18. The best you can do is find a way to make yourself feel better about your lowly station.

19. Maybe, MAYBE, if you are brave, you have brought up the subject of possibly being paid for what you do.

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20. But of course everyone knows that only LAZY, ENTITLED NARCISSIST MILLENIALS would ever do such a thing.

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21. Yup, chances are, you've heard a thing or two from (kinda rich) generations above you about how people used to work hard and make sacrifices for a living.

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Wow people were so strong and brave and noble in the olden days.

22. And you're standing there like "Sure, yeah, I'm a narcissistic prick, also hey can I have some money please, I'm dying."

23. It can be a bit hard to explain to your family what you're doing with your time.

"Oh, it's great experience! I'm making lots of contacts and adding valuable skills to my CV! Also can I borrow some money ha ha I'm fine I swear just advancing my career y'know!"

24. You feel the need to warn those that come after you that HEY, IT MIGHT NOT BE WORTH IT!

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25. But maybe, just maybe, you did manage to learn a thing or two in your days as an unpaid intern?

26. Or maybe you didn't. Maybe you remember nothing at all.

Maybe you purposefully blocked out the memory.
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Maybe you purposefully blocked out the memory.

27. At the end of it, you probably didn't get a job, but maybe they splashed out on a nice send-off cake!

And between the cake and the "experience", it was totally worth it.
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And between the cake and the "experience", it was totally worth it.