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Disadvantages of an Internship
Internships are not always the best choice after college. Here are some things to consider before you take that intern opportunity.
- It won’t pay much
Most companies hire interns on the cheap. Sometimes they don’t pay anything at all. If you’re used to earning a paycheck or if you have mounting student loan bills, an internship could create a financial burden.
- You may get the grunt work
Some employers or managers take advantage of interns and give them mindless work that doesn’t build new skills. Interns can be viewed as temporary labor, which isn’t how you want to be seen.
- You could get labeled
Sure you have a college degree. But with the title of “intern,” people will think you’re still a student. This can be patronizing, and you may not gain the respect you want. If you focus on hard work and high effort, this can be overcome.
- The hours can vary
Internships may not be designed around normal business hours. This can create problems if you like a consistent schedule. And interns are often asked to do the late-night work to help the team.