How to Land an Internship (The Right Way!)

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For college students, the word internship is one with a lot of weight attached. Everywhere you turn, it seems you can hear fellow students talking about/discussing/desiring/angst-ing over a coveted internship. So what exactly is an internship anyway?

According to Vocabulary.com, an internship can be defined as “a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment, and it can be either paid or unpaid.” Continue Reading ›

Paid and Unpaid Internships: What Are You Worth, Interns?

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Paid and unpaid internships have been around since the mid 1800s. Back in the day, however, the only such positions would be found in the medical field since it was the opinion that medical education could best be gleaned by experiential learning—these internships are now called “residencies” and these doctors actually do get paid. The 1930s are when the average internship we know and love (and sometimes love to hate) began to form; in 1938, the Fair Standards Labor Act was passed in the United States, laying out six irrefutable rules for what made an unpaid internship a legal practice: Continue Reading ›

Dispatches from an eNotes Roaming Correspondent: New Adventures and Dream Jobs

When I graduated from the University of Washington, I immediately started my dream career.

Was it a position of prestige and wealth, you ask? Am I rolling in Franklins? Am I some rockstar, mogul, or entrepreneur? Have I launched my humanities degree into some lucrative business venture or position of power?

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Nope, none of that—after I graduated, I cobbled together several freelance jobs, contract positions, volunteer work, and internships. And now, a year later, I am about to move to Morocco to work as a youth development specialist through the Peace Corps.

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