By Claire Crittendon– Features Editor
Every Lasell student is required to complete at least one internship before graduating. While it used to be that students here were unable to accept paid internship positions, that is thankfully no longer the case. But, even now that students may obtain programs offering monetary compensation now, many aren’t lucky enough to nail one down.
The legality of unpaid internships is leaving students with socio-economic struggles in the dust. With a requirement of 150 hours across a semester for communication students and an average of 14 weeks in a semester, that averages out to a little over 10 hours a week.
Lasell’s administration believes students should devote twice the amount of time spent in class, out of class working on related coursework. With some classes meeting for two-and-a-half hours a week, at 18 credits, this alone totals 30 hours outside of the classroom for homework and studying. Throw in 20-30 hours spent at a part-time job and 10 hours a week at an internship, suddenly there isn’t even time to breathe.
Besides eating away at the time needed to balance jobs on top of internships, most programs have costs along-side them, hidden or not. While some programs are upfront about admission fees, that isn’t where the expenses end. Transportation needs to be added to the equation, whether it be to cover public transit or to fill up a tank of gas.
“It’s really hard to commit to some of the opportunities that could actually launch a career because of financial issues,” said junior Adam Hallenbeck. “I think I could be in a way different position with my resume if it all was paid like it should be.”
While it’s true, paying interns isn’t nearly as cost-efficient for companies. This is especially relevant regarding smaller corporations or start-ups, and while interns usually gain quite a bit of experience in these hands-on environments, college students can’t get by on “experience” alone.
Unpaid positions can also prove damage to the pride behind a piece of work. A person’s time and effort are valuable and while hands-on, in-field experience is great, it doesn’t pay the bills or compensate the creator anywhere close to an adequate way.