How to Run an Awesome Unpaid Internship Program


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Twitter and Facebook may be able to pay their interns what many of us would hope to earn full time, but for employers outside of Silicon Valley, that’s wishful thinking.

More than 4,700 companies across the U.S. are hiring interns right now, according to career database Glassdoor, and very few have anything approaching the tech giants’ resources. Is it possible for a company who can’t afford to pay its interns minimum wage, much less Silicon Valley prices, to recruit top talent?

Yes, says Glassdoor’s senior vice president of people Allyson Willoughby. If you can’t offer money, however, you have to provide valuable experiences. Here are her tips for running an unpaid internship program that will nonetheless attract desirable candidates.

1) Offer real-world experience.
Internships are valuable because they offer students professional exposure in an industry they want to enter and can often help them land a job down…

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