The summer before my senior year of college, I took a paid internship in NYC. I don’t remember what the job was supposed to have been, because I basically I spent two miserable months sitting at a desk doing nothing. It was a nightmare. My unpaid senior-year internship, however, was awesome – and it turned into an ongoing freelance gig even now, more than 10 years after graduation.
This is not to say that unpaid internships are the bomb and paid internships are destined to stink. But how do you know which internships will be good ones?