Unpaid Internships: What You Should Know About Working For Free

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Since graduating from Yale in 2010, Catherine has had five internships, all at New York nonprofit theater companies. Four were unpaid positions. One of them, which was "approaching a full-time schedule" over six months, gave her a $600 stipend. To make money, she also worked as a nanny, an after-school teacher, and a theater camp counselor.

Despite working more than 40 hours a week, Catherine, who asked that her surname not be published, struggled to support herself. One month, she borrowed a few hundred dollars from her younger sister in college to pay rent.

Still, Catherine doesn't regret taking the unpaid positions.