The Princeton Review offers some advice on how to cope with an unpaid internship in “Can Ordinary Students (Like You) Keep an Unpaid Internship“?
One interesting idea they suggest is to seek retribution not from the internship, but from the diversity policy of an organization. It’s a nice cash input, but it doesn’t recognize the actual contribution of the intern as valuable. Another source of cash could be a grant from a school or from a nonprofit. They suggest the Foundation Center in New York City as a good starting point.
Less interesting a suggestion is “moonlighting” – working night shifts in parallel to the internship. This may help the intern financially, but it sets very clearly that his daytime internship is subsidized by his night job. What has he done wrong to pay such a price to contribute to an organization?