Episode 77 - Unpacking Unpaid Internships

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In July 2019, there were several articles written about young architects applying for positions at well-known architecture firms only to be met with offers without pay. As designers, we’ve all heard the stories of young professionals taking these positions because they’re looking to gain experience at a recognized firm who is at the forefront of their field. Should young professionals seek these experiences over getting paid?

In this episode, Tim and Mike discuss one of the well-known issues within their profession as architects – working without pay. They agree that firms who make these offers to young professionals are unethical and no one should take a position at the company. In fact, most professional organizations set rules against unpaid internships and will ban companies who take advantage of young designers.

Mike and Tim also talk about when a young professional should work without pay, which includes students getting academic credits for school through the opportunity at the firm and a day-long shadowing opportunity at a prospective employer’s office.

Check out the conversation between Mike and Tim on the topic of Unpaid Internships and join the conversation by messaging and tagging them on social media!

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