Q&A WITH LAUREN BERGER, AUTHOR OF ALL WORK, NO PAY

Lauren Berger, 28, is CEO of InternQueen.com, an online internship destination that helps students find and apply for internships while also educating them on how to make the most of their experiences. Her new book, All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience, is a guide to help students score the perfect internship, build invaluable connections, boost transferable skills, and ultimately move toward a dream career. Ypulse had the chance to get Lauren's perspective on how internships have changed in our fast-moving, competitive culture and how students and employers can get the most out of the internship experience. 

Ypulse: How has the internship model changed in the past decade? 

Lauren Berger: The model hasn't changed much but due to recent law suits, there is pressure on companies to really structure the internships (a good thing!) It's also become much more popular and competitive over the past 5 years. 

YP: How has the competition among students affected their strategies in the search process?

LB: Students are starting to intern as early as high school! With high school students coming to college WITH internships under their belt, it puts pressure on college students to start interning at an earlier stage of their college career.

YP: Wow, no wonder Millennials are the most stressed generation, and it seems to be getting more intense among the next generation.

YP: In addition to the model becoming more structured, you also talk about protection laws in your book and what interns should know about in terms of labor and ownership of work. Can you describe a bit more about what that entails? 

LB: I believe that young people need to be armed with information. The Fair Labor Standards Act was created by the…

 
 

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