A recent graduate from a reputable university has been offered the opportunity to work with their dream organisation, reporting to you as the manager of the strategy division. Your organisation has a good reputation for giving graduates internships. But there's a catch.
The internship is unpaid. On the one hand, the graduate gets ‘work experience’ with a strong brand in financial services, and the organisation gets to ‘reward’ an individual who is willing to work for free. On the other hand, the intern will be expected to work hard – possibly harder than their paid workplace peers – and the organisation gets voluntary unpaid labour.
There is also the additional issue of missing out on networking opportunities given the majority of employees are still working from home.
What would you do?
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This dilemma was originally published in September 2019. Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash.