Though you might think of it as someone is getting free labor, doing an internship and/or volunteering at a company you would eventually like to work for can be an investment in your future. You will be learning on the job, making valuable contacts and letting people you would like to work for someday know who you are, how organized you are and how talented you are. What you might even discover is that the company or the field is not what you thought it would be, and that maybe another area seems more exciting.
All your work experience looks good on your resume, and internships and volunteering often lead to a job offers. It’s a win, win situation.
Joan Chiverton teaches SXD 635: Quick Sketching for the Pet-Product Business and SXG 140: Storyboard Techniques Studio for Costume Design.