Unpaid internship : biggest sin!

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    I did an unpaid internship but we didn't do any work they got paid for either. My internship was basically a school but in a work environment and where you actually learn things and the things you want to learn.

    Every day we had a few presentations on subjects and some homework. And we did work on projects but it was done fully by interns. From PO role to devs as testers. We had to set it up and everything. Sounds like hell, but was the best thing I've had.
    They also gave a job guarantee 2 months in. So I was working there before my school ended and they were actually involved in improving our school for us. I now see that company as family.
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    Sadly, unpaid internships are the norm where I live and most schools require that students spend at least 3 months in an internship.
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    Bigger than Johnny Sins?
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    As a business owner: I need you to either be unpaid for a period to get up to a certain level of competence, or I need reasonable funding to ensure you get paid.

    I lose money on interns. I love having them, and love coaching. But they don't make me money, so I have to be selective towards people who I can get funding for, or who are willing to volunteer job shadow up to a certain point.

    I agree they should be paid, most work really hard. I'm just saying that it's hard from the other side to make that happen.
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