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!