7 Tips to Secure an Internship

For undergraduates, navigating the working world can be confusing and intimidating. School might teach you the fundamentals of your future occupation, but it doesn’t prepare you for what it means to have a career. What is it like to work …

3 Habits of Successful Interns (and Internship Programs)

Internship programs can seem daunting, especially when they're new. It's a good idea to think about what you're getting into, whether you're a manager overseeing a new program or a prospective intern looking for an opportunity of a lifetime. A little preparation can make sure that everyone gets what they want out of the experience.

#College2Career: Sasha Pasulka on Why You Should Get an Internship – Even If You Don’t Want To

All work and no play makes for a dull life and possibly an uninspired career, but sometimes, you have to sacrifice the occasional pool party in order to score a career-defining internship. Sasha Pasulka, Director, Audience Product Marketing at Tableau Software, spoke with PayScale for a special feature on forging a path from college to career, and shared that advice, plus a few other valuable tips. Among them: listen to your aunt, especially if she's a recruiter, and pay attention to what you loved when you were 12 years old. You never know when you'll discover the perfect career path.

#College2Career: Sarah Fenske on Why Unpaid Internships Are Worth It

One of the biggest challenges for entering college students is finding time to do everything they need to do, in order to prepare for a successful career after graduation. As part of PayScale's College Salary Report, we asked several successful people to tell us how they bridged the gap between choosing a major and graduating to a satisfying career. For Sarah Fenske, Editor in Chief of the Riverfront Times and graduate of The College of Wooster, the answer was simple: gain work experience, in any way possible.

Want an Insane Tech Internship Salary? Go Into STEM

If you're a brilliant STEM-focused student close to graduating, good news: You could make as much or more than the median American household income as an intern for a tech company. According to the Census Bureau, for the average American, that was a little over $4,000 per month, or $51,371, in 2012.

What to Look for in an Internship (and 3 Red Flags)

One argument in the growing debate about whether interns should be paid is that too many companies benefit from the free labor of interns. This goes against the grain of what an internship experience was originally designed to be: an important part of the intern's education. One way to address this is to examine the quality of the internship. Here is what to look for and what to avoid.

The Rise of the Permanent, Unpaid Intern

Unpaid internships were designed for students to get valuable training outside of the classroom. Some professions require supervised internship hours toward graduation and licensure. Unfortunately, the internship seems to have evolved into a default position that job seekers take to avoid not having anything at all. This is a problem, and it is also in some cases illegal.

Should Your Internship Be Paid?

Getting that coveted internship is an exciting time for any graduate student on her way toward graduation and professional employment. Sometimes an internship is a valuable training experience that readies the student for real-world challenges in her field; other times, it is the equivalent of feudal serfdom. Internships can be unpaid, and as such are subject to strict laws and boundaries under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) Spot the warning signs and tell the difference between true professionals who are willing to help train you, and unscrupulous employers who simply want to take advantage of slave labor.