I've read quite a bit of users on here saying that asking for an unpaid internship shows hustle, and the experience is going to help. But here's what I don't get.
If the work you're doing as an intern is meaningful, and adding value then how can the firm not find a way to pay you minimum wage for work that's "contributing" to their business? This leads me to believe anything unpaid will just be secretary/admin work that an be lied (not "padded," lied) about on a resume since you have a name + title + a reference. Aside from that, don't employers do a background check for previous employment to verify your resume? If they found out xyz firm isn't on your w2 or w/e they check, you would have to be upfront that it was unpaid...wouldn't they get the jist that you pretty much did nothing for free and claimed it as relevant experience?
But I don't know, maybe I'm wrong here I just wanted to see what you all think. I just can't see how reaching out to people for an internship and being so joyful about doing it unpaid for "experience" makes you look good in anyway. It just seems like extreme desperation and valuing yourself next to nothing.