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The Value of Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships have roused plenty of controversy. While plenty of folks refuse to do one, there are certainly benefits to doing an unpaid internship.
 what an unpaid internship can do for you

For instance, you get an inside look at the world of your chosen career, and that practical experience is invaluable. Doing a good job also gives an employee a sense of pride by providing a product or service that’s meaningful and offers something to help others which comes with its own set of benefits and rewards. Not only that, but an internship looks great on your resume.

Whether it be in a college classroom or interning for an employer, doing a good job results in increased opportunities for the future, especially when being evaluated directly against other students or employees. Whether they are paid or not, interns will get a first-hand look at what’s entailed in actually working for an employer in the real world.

The benefits of an unpaid internship include:

  • The importance of adhering to a company dress code

  • How to be successful working for a boss

  • The importance of time management as well as getting to work on time and following company policy for breaks and lunch

  • How to compromise and state opinions objectively

  • How to handle conflicts and pressure in the workplace

  • How to work in a team environment

  • Developing a network of professionals for the future

  • Creating a great addition to your resume

  • How to get along with a diverse group of people

  • Development of strong people skills whether it be in person, on the phone, or through emails and social networking sites

At Getin2China, we provide paid internships for those who intern in China for more than two months.  That being said, an internship at one or two months is nonetheless an opportunity that can provide you with a breadth of experience and help you establish useful connections for the future. Many of our interns who were at their host companies for less than two months were still offered jobs afterwards to stay on. This despite having relatively little time to prove themselves, compared to those who intern for six months or longer. Work hard during those few short weeks and you’ll be surprised what the fruits of your labor may bring.

Additionally, China remains a relatively inexpensive place to live, so an unpaid internship is often doable, even if you’re on a tight budget.
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