Internships: Working For Free

On October 9th, 2009, CBC’s The Current ran a feature on the latest wave in voluntary internships…work you perform for a low wage or for free in order to gain work experience for your resume or CV. So now not only can you work for little or nothing… you can, if you choose pay for the privilege!

If you’ve got several thousand dollars lying around (or would like to carry even more student loans than you already have) check out California’s University of Dreams. The firm will set you up with a great work experience opportunity…for a hefty price. What’s interesting about this organization is that it exists at all. What does it say about the need for work experience when a market exists for internships that you pay for? Will good work experience, in some fields, be available only to those who can afford it?

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