Unpaid internship with good connections or paid job with probably none?

morrowasted

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Oct 28, 2004
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I got offered an unpaid internship as a research assistant at the National Institute of Health. It seems like a really good opportunity to meet people who can help me land better jobs in the future. Seems like it would look really good on a resume. Downside is, it pays nothing. I'd be broker than a joke until July and probably have to take on a couple grand in debt. My job right now pays pretty decent but it's totally dead-end.

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Catdrew

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Can you sustain yourself without income and not put yourself into debt? Can you eschew paying down accrued debts for another few years?

if so do the rich person hustle of the unpaid internship
 

Freonthewhite

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Oct 22, 2004
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the market is shit, keep the paying job and double your efforts finding a better one. People give away too much of themselves in those unpaid positions for others to gain more than them
 
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wildflower

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May 17, 2002
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My daughter is in the entertainment biz. She took several unpaid internships.
Its a roll of the dice. Maybe it turns into something, maybe not.
I think its a fucked thing to do to a young person.
Pay them SOMETHING, then hire them if they are appealing.

Good luck.
 
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morrowasted

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Oct 28, 2004
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Can you sustain yourself without income and not put yourself into debt? Can you eschew paying down accrued debts for another few years?

if so do the rich person hustle of the unpaid internship
I could get by from now to august mostly on savings but I'd probably wind up with 3-4 grand in CC debt depending on unexpected expenses. nothing I couldnt pay off in a few months of starting back to work

the NIH job seems like it could be more exciting. I love research. I know I'd be doing scut work but it still feels nice to be involved in something that feels important
 
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morrowasted

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Oct 28, 2004
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the market is shit, keep the paying job and double your efforts finding a better one. People give away too much of themselves in those unpaid positions for others to gain more than them
I'm kind of ambivalent about starting work in a hospital right now. Actually, no I'm pretty sure I don't want to do it just yet. I just finished my nursing degree and got my license in May. For the first 6 weeks of a hospital residency you have to be there M-F 8am-5pm for classroom training and then 3 12s a week after that, and I am still taking several online classes to get a bachelor's as well (eventually want to be an NP). I can't really juggle that schedule. I'll be done with classes in May. The internship lasts until mid July. Hospital cohorts begin in August, so it would be fairly convenient for me to move from one into the next.
 

FutureMan

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Aug 28, 2002
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My daughter is in the entertainment biz. She took several unpaid internships.
Its a roll of the dice. Maybe it turns into something, maybe not.
I think its a fucked thing to do to a young person.
Pay them SOMETHING, then hire them if they are appealing.

Good luck.
I’m in the entertainment biz and I never left the driveway for less than $750/day
 

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