Over the last year or so I have been working on a side project I founded within the tech industry. One of the things that recently came to the forefront was the use of interns, unpaid interns, that is. I know that interns have been used for years in other industries including legal, politics, journalism, and marketing; however I have never come across the use of interns within the mining industry.
I was recently speaking with a marketing consultant about how to undertake tech marketing and one of the suggestions she made was to hire an intern to do much of the legwork of finding contacts and making contact with them. My first question was why would anyone work for free? I was told there were three reasons:
For credit; as part of a course credit in college or university where an internship is part of the programme requirement.
For experience; one can’t get a real job without experience and so the internship teaches something, builds up experience, and creates a portfolio of work.
Networking; building up network connections can possibly lead to permanent work.