You’ve just found the perfect internship that you know will provide just the right experience that you need to get a job in your chosen field after graduation. You have a place to stay and the internship offers a chance to get hands-on experience working with some very knowledgeable and well-respected professionals in the field. It all sounds perfect except for one thing, the internship listing you found says that the internship is unpaid. While making a little spending money to use over the summer and once you return to college since it is essential that you make money over the summer to help defray some of the costs of the college since  you know there is no way that you could even consider applying for an internship that is unpaid. The frustration of finding the perfect internship is a dilemma that many college students face. The dilemma of the unpaid internship as well as those organizations that say the internship must be done for credit are unforeseen obstacles that many students weren’t aware of prior to looking for an internship, to make matters worse. Students who do an internship for credit over the summer often have to pay college tuition in order to receive college credit. 

Ways you can afford to do an unpaid internship

Especially in case it is an internship for credit, can become quite costly for students,  consequently, taking an unpaid internship. It’s important for you to research your options to see whether taking an unpaid internship is the best course of action. Doing an internship for credit over the summer can be costly as well so you might want to see if the organization will waive the requirement or if your college offers 1 or 2 credit for an internship which can provide substantial savings. Internships during fall or spring semester usually are rolled in with the semester and don't require any additional costs. Take a look at some of the strategies listed below to see if you are able to come up with a solution in case a lack of financial resources is holding you back from applying for what you see as the perfect internship. he key is not to give up prior to exploring all options. The majority of paid internships are usually found in the business world. Students interested in finance (investment and commercial banking, venture capital, accounting), information technology, marketing and sales, and entertainment will often get the best paid internships. Keep in mind that many sales positions consist mainly of cold calling of which salary is based on percentage of results, a multi-level marketing or sales internship may not hold the financial rewards that are listed in the internship description. In order to get the most talented students to apply, recently more organizations are offering at least a modest stipend. Unpaid internships can be valuable for those students who can afford to do them.  It is important to base your decision on not doing an unpaid internship more on financial need than on the principle that you refuse to work for nothing.