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Sarah Burrows, M.S., is Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Internship Program at Lasell College in Newton, MA.

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 12:09 p.m. by Sarah Burrows | View Comments
Internships and ROI

There has been much talk about unpaid internships, with many urging businesses to compensate students for their efforts. I am of a different mind. I think there is a time and a place for the unpaid, academic internship. While valid concerns have been raised, I believe, in the long run, even unpaid internships benefit students by providing the kind of integrated, real world experience that leads to wise career choices and ultimately paid positions. ROI is Real and Meaningful As a professor and the director of Lasell College’s Internship program, I’ve seen, first-hand, a return on investment that is real ...