My last post on working for free generated an emotional response for free-workers at various schools. Work-for-free advocates usually argue that the reason you should work for free is because it can land you a paying job.
National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted a study which disagrees:
Students with a paid internship have a decided advantage in the job market over those who did an unpaid internship or didn’t do an internship at all
From the WSJ:
The group released a study this week showing that 60% of 2012 graduates who worked a paid internship got at least one job offer, while just 37% of those in unpaid gigs got any offers. That’s slightly – only slightly – better than the offer rate for graduates who skipped internships entirely, at 36%.