We Don’t Need No Remuneration: I’m an Unpaid Intern Who Works For “Exposure”

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We Don’t Need No Remuneration: I’m an Unpaid Intern Who Works For “Exposure”

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

M

y friends often ask me, “Hey man, why do you work for a company that doesn’t pay you?” Unlike me, they don’t understand that everything in life can’t be measured in a paycheck. My mother always used to tell me that some of the best things in life come free. I just didn’t know that I was one of them. This is why I’m content to work simply for “exposure”, free from social constructs like having a sense of self-respect or minimum wage.

Being a young creative professional, I used to think that putting my talents to use was the one true purpose of my existence. That, and making fat wads of cash. But, five job interviews and one boss later, I had an epiphany when my employer, Nikunj Nikamma, offered me exposure in return for my countless hours of work. Mr Nikamma was the CEO of a media company that produced edgy web content popular among millennial audiences. At the time, I wasn’t sure what he meant by “exposure”, but the light bouncing off his bald head made him look like an angel and that seemed like good enough reason for me to play along.

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