PRSA Code of Ethics & Paid InternshipsBy
Today it was announced that the PRSA released updated guidelines on the ethical use of PR and communications interns. The PRSA questioned whether the industry as a whole is doing the right thing by hiring interns without pay, suggesting that unpaid internships raise issues of ethics. Basically, if you’re billing a client for work the intern completes, is it fair to deny the intern compensation?
We here at Peppercom offer a paid internship program, and believe me, you earn that money. The internship is very hands-on and every intern is responsible for conducting research for existing clients and new business development, media relations, news monitoring, account administration and general office support.
We know the economy is tough and any experience you gain before graduation is invaluable, but if you can manage to find a paid internship with a great agency go for it! If you think Peppercom just might be the agency for you, we’re currently accepting applications for our summer internship program.
If you are interested in applying, please send your resume with a cover letter to Doug Feingold at interncommittee(at)peppercom(dot)com before March 15th.
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What are your thoughts on unpaid internships? Would you accept one without pay? Why or why not?