/ Asked by Francis
Are most internships paid now? If so, where can I find good pay scales? If payment isn't mentioned, can I ask during an interview or will that hurt my chances?
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, April 6, 2015
Most internships are paid now, typically Universities require there students too only participate in paid internships.

I would inquire during your interview what the salary range is going to be, for example at My company our intern salaries are determined by your course of study along with your year in school, since experience is not truly a factor during the University years.
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
For the most part internships are paid but there are always those outliers. There are some companies that have a daily stipend instead of an hourly wage. Every company has a different salary range depending on location, function, what year in school you are, etc. I’m sure that the recruiter will ask you what you are looking for in terms of an hourly salary but if they don’t you are more than welcome to ask that question. An appropriate time to ask about the salary would be on or after your second interview. The first interview is normally to learn more about the position and have the recruiter learn more about you.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Most internships are paid.  The placement offices at Universities will have pay ranges that they get from employers that interview on campus.  You should first look there.  You can always ask during the interview if this is a paid or non-paid intern.  There is nothing wrong with asking.  Generally, companies will set the rate based on how many years you have been in college.  For example, a entering senior will make more than an enterning junior for the same work. That is standard in the industry.


Good luck! 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, April 10, 2015
While official statistics on paid vs unpaid internships are hard to come by, the general consensus these days is around 50% of internships are paid positions, and that number may be growing for a number of reasons that benefit both employers and interns.

Glassdoor.com and payscale.com are two sites that can be used to research internship salary data and can help prepare you for what to expect. When you find an internship opportunity make certain to read the job description thoroughly and explore the company website for more information. Most companies will make it clear before you apply whether or not the internship is paid or unpaid, negating the need to approach the topic during an initial interview.

If you find yourself heading off to an interview and still don’t know, it’s acceptable to ask your interviewer to clarify if the internship you’re interviewing for is paid or unpaid, but  keep in mind an interview is for both you and the prospective employer to learn about each other. You should come prepared in case your interviewer asks about salary expectations, but generally speaking, specific salary discussions are best left until an offer is made. 

Good luck in your search!
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