Paid and non-paid internship interview question

Hi,

In an interview, do the interviewer look favorably at a paid internship or a non-paid internship? Also, if the interviewer asks if your internship is paid or non-paid, are you obligated to answer?

Thanks.

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Comments (4)

Jul 21, 2010 - 1:10pm

WallStreetKid,

Thanks for your reply. I was asked this for three of my full-time interviews, and that's why I asked. Is it OK if I decline to reveal if the internship is paid or not? Or does it really matter?

Jul 22, 2010 - 2:27pm

It only matters because employers place more "weight" on paid internships. The fact that someone is putting a dollar amount on your work means they intend on using you for real things, instead of typical intern work. I don't think it matters too much as long as you explain that your unpaid internship still gave you opportunities to challenge and further yourself, but that's why employers care. I would not decline, though, I think that would be pretty frowned upon (and it would pretty much answer the question anyways).

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