Nobody paid me for a really, really long time.
Unpaid internships: the good the bad and the ugly.
Between the ages of 17 and 22, I did five internships in three countries, most of which were unpaid. I loved them. I gained a ton of skills, flexed my independence, found mentors, and tried my hand at real-world work. But, the truth is that like most interns, I was doing actual work. I was doing a job and not getting compensated.
The skills I gained were invaluable.
The lack of payment made me feel like I wasn't being valued.
Here's what I want to know:
How might we balance the benefits of challenging internships with the financial realities that young people face?