Average intern is paid, apparently

Some statistics worth mentioning on internship salaries, published in the Beacon Journal (!):

A company’s own internship program is the most used recruiting tool by employers, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2005.

Many internships are paid because companies need to be competitive in attracting the best employees, Hollis said.

Though some interns, especially those in nonprofits, sports, music and journalism, get paid little or nothing, the average intern makes between $8 and $12 an hour, she said.

I’m starting to wonder how reliable and unbiased are the statistics of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Maybe they are, but it’s worth looking into.

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