How To Identify a Shady Internship

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Posted by The Editors on December 13, 2011
How To Identify a Shady Internship

Not all internships are created equal. Some positions that might look like internships are really just part-time temp jobs available to almost anyone. They may even be unchallenging busywork that an employer would rather not assign to staff.

You might get paid at this type of job, but chances are slim you’ll rack up good, resume-building experience.

Here are some tips for recognizing shady internships:

• It promises quick money and lots of it. If it sounds too good to be true—it is.
• It’s a small organization you can’t find in the Yellow Pages.
• The employer advertises its “internships” on flyers all over campus.
• It’s a sales-related job and the pay is based on commission.
• The employer doesn’t inquire about your experience, background, or career interests to see if you’re a good fit for the position.
• You get vague answers to your questions about the work you’d be doing.
• The offices are in a questionable location, such as a warehouse area or a person’s home.
• The employer doesn’t ask you to complete a job application before making you an offer.
• Your instincts are telling you to get out as fast as you can!


For more information on how to find and land the internship of your dreams, see the Getting Your Ideal Internship Insider Guide.

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