Paying to get an internship - whether YOU get paid or not

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I am due to finish my degree this year and thinking about internships. Some out there you have to pay to actually get - whether or not you get paid at all. I have heard some say these aren't genuine - but I see others seem to have got through it from testimonials on websites. Any real person out there that has experience on both sides?? Thanks in advance!
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I don't think it really matters if they're legit or not, but there's no way I'd pay for an internship.
I actually applied for an internship with one specific internship company and it wasn't after I accidentally submitted an incomplete application that I had to pay. All they had was my name, uni and contact details (no CV or grades or work experience or anything) and I still was accepted. They wanted me to pay £500 deposit and the whole thing was £2200 or something. No internship is worth paying for.
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I know and I think that's whats holding me back to be honest - feeling like I shouldn't pay!
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I am due to finish my degree this year and thinking about internships. Some out there you have to pay to actually get - whether or not you get paid at all. I have heard some say these aren't genuine - but I see others seem to have got through it from testimonials on websites. Any real person out there that has experience on both sides?? Thanks in advance!
You should never have to pay for an internship or pay to get any kind of job- this is extremely dodgy. Be very careful with testimonials on websites as they can be easily faked.

Where are you seeing these internships advertised?
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Sounds like a scam to me.
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I am due to finish my degree this year and thinking about internships. Some out there you have to pay to actually get - whether or not you get paid at all. I have heard some say these aren't genuine - but I see others seem to have got through it from testimonials on websites. Any real person out there that has experience on both sides?? Thanks in advance!
Definitely doesn't sound right to expect you to pay. I suspect that if you did pay you won't get an internship and you'll never see your money again. Anyone can create a fake profile and write a few paragraphs online. What's more, if there are many testimonials, they could be from the same person. Don't fall for a scam.

Better off and safer to apply for internships with an actual company via their HR or online applications.
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You should never have to pay for an internship or pay to get any kind of job- this is extremely dodgy. Be very careful with testimonials on websites as they can be easily faked.

Where are you seeing these internships advertised?
nah this is a huge thing.

I know loads of people who have done it and then gone on to get good jobs after
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You should never have to pay for an internship or pay to get any kind of job- this is extremely dodgy. Be very careful with testimonials on websites as they can be easily faked.

Where are you seeing these internships advertised?
City Internships and 123 Connect
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nah this is a huge thing.

I know loads of people who have done it and then gone on to get good jobs after
Is it really? That's worrying. It is some moral corruption to expect someone hand over money to you for the privilege of working for you - especially if the internship is unpaid.
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Is it really? That's worrying.
Yeah, I know. It speaks volumes about the labour market.
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City Internships and 123 Connect
These look like agencies who you pay a fee to to get placed with a company? I'm not sure how reputable these are. It might be a better idea to apply directly to the companies you're interested in working for?
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Paying to work.

A company's dream.
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I'm going through the City Internships process atm. Looks good to me - I think the money goes towards the events and trips rather than paying to intern
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Don't be a chump and pay for an internship. Just keep looking. Internships should either be for free or you should be paid
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This is an internship program - its described as a career training program

How have people found 123 Connect?
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