Internships: Not Just For Kids Anymore

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

You may think that internships are for kids, but they can be the perfect way to relaunch a career or reinvent one if you’re in your 30s, 40s, or older. In this week's work segment, we get the scoop on adult internships from our work contributor, Beth Kobliner. We also chat with Kelly Barbieri, a 41-year-old who went from laid-off print journalist to managing editor of, thanks to an internship she did this past fall with

Beth recommends the following sites to those who are seeking adult internships:


Kelly Barbieri

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Beth Kobliner

Comments [5]


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I gave unpaid internships the miss when I was in college (and didn't realize at the time that there was such a thing as a paid internship). I worked summer jobs to help pay the next year's tuition--I couldn't afford to work for free. Couldn't really stomach the thought of companies using students as free labor, either. I also couldn't afford to work for no visible benefit. My friend took an unpaid internship at CNN. I figured she had it made. Until she told me it didn't increase her chances of getting a job at CNN after graduation, and as it turns out, even a prestigious-sounding internship like that didn't help her get a job later. But she had to move to GA for the summer and pay all her living expenses and such for a "great" unpaid internship.

Jan. 06 2010 11:55 AM

I looked into paid internships after college when I was having trouble finding a job in the area I wanted to move to (some of them paid more than I made as an administrative assistant in the town I lived in at the time). Most of the internships I found required a person to be a student. Maybe the unpaid internships are different and more flexible. So it might work for you if you're going back to school as well, but probably not so well if you're just looking for employment.

Jan. 06 2010 11:55 AM

take-away is giving poor information. if you think that the NY unemployment people will be considerate and just "understand" your situation, you're wrong. The unemployment people are just as nasty as the DMV when you try to dispute a parking tkt. They will tell you right off the bat: "internship? that means you were UNABLE to work" And then you'll be penalized of a few weeks of your unemployment checks. so check w unemployment before you do that. don't just listen to these people on Take=Away who are usually not good sources of info.

Jan. 06 2010 06:32 AM

What if your unemployed with no money saved, collecting unemployment and with no real financial support? Can you work an internship on unemployment?

Jan. 05 2010 09:00 AM

I wonder, though, if the companies and organizations that offer internships are always doing so because they have work that needs to be done but can't afford to pay someone OR because they can take advantage of the economic downturn. Our economy will suffer if its the latter, with many people filling positions that companies can afford to pay but don't. The more internships are offered and filled, the more the economy will suffer.

Jan. 05 2010 08:19 AM

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