I have been looking for Graphic Design internships for a long time now. I have applied to various studios and have received no replies. I know, in this economy, that it is hard to find any jobs…but this fad with unpaid internships is becoming ridiculous. Why would I want to work a full work week and not earn a dime? This Philosophy reminds me of what my parents used to tell me as a kid, “Work hard and learn for the experience.” I am an avid believer in working your hardest but there is so much spirit you can put in your work when you are not recognized for your achievements. Also, there are so many companies now that hire students for no pay and then, when they graduate, drop them. There is no longer that security that most people had when they worked at an internship.
I was lucky to get myself an internship with the government but it is paid. I would love to work at a Graphic Design studio and earn the big bucks but that is just not going to happen anytime soon. To one day open my own studio has been a dream of mine since I was a little child. The dream of showing my work to the world is slowly falling through my hands and I have to except this as a fact of life.
Well, I guess it won’t matter if the world is going to end in 2012 lol If you have any questions on this subject or would like to submit your thoughts, just comment!