Interns run with a court decision to reporters stationed outside of the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Interns run with a court decision to reporters stationed outside of the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. - 

Summer is rapidly approaching, and with it, a slew of seasonal jobs and internships. Internships have become a rite of passage for many young professionals on the verge of entering the workforce and a gateway to a career.

But internships can also be problematic — they are often unpaid, or underpaid. Those who take internships forgo other work opportunities in favor of experience, a choice many can't afford to make.

So, are there ways to make an internship work? Can you avoid the dreaded coffee runs and learn something important? And how about that paycheck?

We're looking for questions and stories about internships. What do you need to know? What did you learn from your experiences?

Alison Green, creator of the Ask a Manager blog, will join Marketplace Weekend to give advice. Email your questions and comments to weekend@marketplace.org, or using the form below.


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