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Internships.com CEO Robin Richards puts forth a compelling argument in The Huffington Post this morning on why employers should pay their interns. I know that in the past, Robin has been critical of the government telling businesses they can’t hire unpaid ones — partially because of the probability that these regulations would knock small enterprises out of business when we need them the most. But he also acknowledges that there’s a moral dilemma and threat to workplace efficiency that comes with pricing out qualified candidates who can’t afford to take unpaid internships. People have varying and passionate opinions on the matter, and Robin does an excellent job here of clarifying the conflict behind an issue that’s not nearly as simple as it seems. If you have any interest in the future of entry-level employment, this is a must-read.

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Feel like your employer doesn’t appreciate you? It should. Read these reasons why interns mean more to an businesses than cheap labor. Blogger Alejandra Acosta begins a fairly disturbing account of her journey to a D.C. internship. Read the good, the bad and the ugly. Wanna get more done? Unplug your laptop.

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So, the hard part’s over, right? You chiseled your resume into a stunning piece de resistance, you got a tip from a buddy’s friend that your dream employer was looking for interns, you wrote a stirring cover letter and applied on Internships.com – and now, the nail biting begins. Of course, you know that anything you want this bad won’t come without competition. In all likelihood, there are probably a lot of qualified candidates who have done the same. And the suspense of not knowing if you’ll even be contacted can make hours seem like weeks, and weeks seem like eons. So what do you do now? Here are a few pointers: 1.,,)    Keep applying. It may seem exhausting to put another spirited effort into an application that just isn’t as exciting as the opportunity you really want. But making other plans isn’t just important for the obvious reasons. It [...]

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Virginia Tech marketing student Annie Pryatel (@anniepry) landed in a workplace she loves for a digital marketing internship at Venveo. As a college student, I used to live for the weekends. But these days I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is no typical day at my internship as a junior marketing analyst at Venveo, a digital marketing agency in Blacksburg, Va.  Some days start off with chocolate chip scones and a relaxing recap on life with my co-workers, while others day begin with a list of 20 things to do, a client conference call that lasts longer than expected and testing every clickable link on a new website design.  Whichever way the day may start, I can always count on it being a day full of learning and laugher with my wonderful co-workers. At 10:15 a.m., I walk into the Venveo [...]

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Smart, reasonable steps you can take to clean up your social media accounts. Changing your last name isn’t gonna cut it, folks. NPR intern Trevor Lowman asks whether we should be concerned that so many young Americans aren’t voting. PR student Jessica Bedore compiles an excellent list of tips for polishing your Twitter image.

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Today we hear from PR enthusiast and recent Central Michigan grad Jenna Frye (@jenna_frye), who interns for a Detroit food blog — but not in Detroit. There’s no dress code at my internship, so I can wear whatever I want; I don’t have to wake up early every day, I can take breaks whenever I desire and I can even work from my bed if I want to! No, this isn’t a joke. I do have an internship, but I work remotely and I don’t have set hours. I’m the public relations intern for a Detroit food blog called The Hungry Dudes. The group is dedicated to connecting restaurants with hungry consumers. Members of the group visit restaurants and shoot photographs and video to share via social media. I tag along to restaurants and attend their events a couple of times a month. I’m also researching speaking opportunities for the [...]

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It’s Friday, and we’ve got something for you to ride into the weekend with. For years, Peoria, IL was thought to be such a bellwether for American attitudes that producers used to ask “Will it play in Peoria?” when assessing would-be national touring acts. So we’re pretty confident that equestrian primates transcend all barriers.

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Every Friday, we’ll have a new Featured Student who will share some fun facts about themselves,  be featured on the Employer home page, and get a fun gift from us. Just for being so awesome. I’m a psychology and international studies major (and Spanish minor) at Northwestern University — within psych, I think child psychology is fascinating, and I focus on Latin American politics and culture for my other degrees. When I’m not in the classroom or doing something for my sorority, I love to write and play piano. I also am addicted to Top Chef and The Bachelor and love to play badminton — I was on my high school’s varsity team (state champs two years in a row!!) and still help out with the program there! I LOVE travel and adventure; I’ve been on student trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and France, and this summer I’ll be working as [...]

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A women’s guide to assembling an appropriate and fashionable business wardrobe on a budget. I promised myself I would never post a cat meme, but here I am linking to Business Cat. Feeling uninspired? Read this blog account of how a simple idea launched a nonprofit that has brought comfort to more than a million cancer patients.

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Today, we hear back from student blogger Taryn Sidney about the best and worst parts of interning for her local CBS affiliate station. You can go back and read her first post on the pros and cons of unpaid internships here. Working at CBS 3 in Springfield, Mass. was my first internship … ever. Of course, on the first day when I walked through the door, I was nervous. But my last day there was the most confident I had ever felt leaving that place. Even though my internship was an amazing experience, I had some pretty crappy days too. The Best: I can’t stress enough how great it is to get experience in your field of study. I feel so much more prepared for the real world than I would have if I just stuck with the campus media clubs. Another great thing about my internship was getting to [...]

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