When students come to college, they should expect to pay fees for different academic resources and materials. It should come as no surprise to anyone that some colleges, including ENC, have begun charging their students for the internships they help provide.

Should schools charge a fee for the internships that they set their students up with?  I believe that if an academic institution is providing something to further their students’ education, then they should have the right to ask for compensation for the service they are providing.

Typically, for internships provided by universities, there are two essential supervisors who are present over the course of the program’s duration: the internship supervisor and the site supervisor. These supervisors are primarily at the internship to watch over the progress of the interns, resolve any problems that students may face with their work, and collect the final paperwork that dictates if an intern receives a pass or fail grade.

The internship supervisor, who is a person that works at ENC, should definitely be compensated for the work that they do. The payment to this supervisor requires funding to come from somewhere. This is where the internship fee becomes a necessity for covering the potentially large amount of money that would be used.

While it may seem that the internship fees are a malicious attack on the wallets of already-poor college students, there is an actual reason for them. In most cases, internship fees are legitimately needed.