Summertime poses as the perfect opportunity for students to make and earn money for the up-and-coming school year but with more and more summer internships failing to offer compensation for their time students can struggle to make ends meet. “When I first got my internship I was so excited,” said Michigan State University pre-med student Ali Beydoun, “then found out it was unpaid and I got a little worried. I want and most importantly need the experience that my internship offers but summer is the time when I usually can earn some spending money for the school year.”
Beydoun said he is trying to balance three unpaid summer internships. He has an internship at Spartan orthotics and prosthetics, works at the Outpatient Rehab for Sparrow Hospital, and is doing research at the medical school in Fee Hall. “I actually have three unpaid internships this summer,” said Beydoun.