Older New Yorkers in transition are snapping up unpaid internships

Although the movie “The Internship” is a comedy, it has brought to light the real-life issue of older workers accepting unpaid internships in order to re-start their careers.  Like the characters in the movie, many 40- and 50- year olds are competing with younger professionals to get back into the job market, whether it be

Although the movie “The Internship” is a comedy, it has brought to light the real-life issue of older workers accepting unpaid internships in order to re-start their careers.  Like the characters in the movie, many 40- and 50- year olds are competing with younger professionals to get back into the job market, whether it be transitioning to a new profession or returning to the workforce after extended time away, leading them to accept “returnships.”

 

Mindy Berkower, a former lawyer who took time off to raise a family, is just one example of this rising trend. She explains, “It’s resume-worthy experience, and at the very least you’re learning new skills, brushing up on old skills, and getting a good current reference.”

New York Daily News, 6/2/13

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