Should fresh grad interns be paid?

Arjun Abraham
8 replies
This is a huge question especially with the job market already looking being pretty tough to crack through.
Paid minimum
According to output
Paid in 'exposure'


Founder | Growth Marketer | GTM
Always pay every interns if you want them to grow your company.
Co-Founder & COO @ tl;dv
100% agree with @ujjwal_sukheja here. As founders we should treat interns with the same level of respect like fixed employees. I got paid in all of my internships and felt incredibly motivated and empowered. If you want to attract and keep great minds: pay them, let them have real impact, and allow them to grow.
Engineer - Designer - Creator
If they add value to your company. Then, yes.
Co-Founder of Between
If you're not financially compensating them you have to be prepared to teach them things they won't learn elsewhere. And the learning has to be SUPER valuable.
Building NotionMail!
@between_team Agree with this David. 🙌 If you can, pay. If you can't, learning has to be super valuable, as you say.
Product Led Growth, SaaS, Environment
If we have people for less than 2 weeks, we just cover costs. They often wont be able to contribute much in that time, so the "exposure" seems (sort of) fair. Anything more than 2 weeks, they need to be paid a living wage IMO!
Founder, Bliinx
With the scarcity of talent in today's market I would say you have to.
Product Designer
Of course they should! As a hirer you want the best possible candidate right? With unpaid internships you're self selecting for people who can afford to work for free as opposed to someone who might be the best possible candidate.