Experience > Money

For six months last year I was an intern making $350/month in exchange for +40 hours of work a week. That breaks down to $2.18/hour. Well below minimum wage. Very well below. At the end I was not wealthier, but I had gained valuable experience.

$350 a month is not a lot of money. The only way I was able to work for for this paltry amount and not end up on the street was because I have a bad-ass wife who supported us.

So why would I accept a design internship that paid this? It came down to dual experience: