To Pay or Not To Pay: The Ongoing Discussion on Intern Compensation

There are a lot of stats in this infographic about the continued existence of unpaid internships that left us more than a little bit dumbfounded. The one that stands out the most? I can’t make that call on my own. My personal picks?

  1. Paid interns are happier and more engaged.
  2. Paid internships are more attractive to a more diverse range of candidates.
  3. Oh, and you will avoid costly lawsuits. That’s right, lawsuits. Plural.

The future of the internship is now. The choice to compensate or not to compensate is still up to you, just make sure you pick your battles carefully.


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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is VP of Marketing and co-founder of Looksharp. He has spent the past decade helping students launch their career, researching best practices for hiring millennials (including running Looksharp's annual "State of College Hiring") and sharing these insights with employers. Nathan's work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and more. Outside of work, Nathan is an avid rock climber, back packer and Bob Dylan fan.