Declining the Unpaid Internship
When deciding which university to attend, financial aid awards played an important role. I chose to attend Yale partly because of the generous financial aid package it offered me for my freshman year. All of my direct costs were paid for and I got some help paying for my indirect costs. This made it so that I could attend college without imposing a severe financial burden on my family. Additionally, the financial aid process itself was not too difficult. Although the forms were intimidating, I never had any question go unanswered. Altogether, my financial aid experience my freshman year was very pleasant, and I am very grateful for the generous amount of aid I was given. My sophomore year, however, was a little different. Although I still received large amounts of aid, the increase in the student income contribution put a serious strain on my parents’ finances, for I was unable to work due to my study abroad program. Because I do not want my parents to deal with the economic pressure they faced this year again, I was forced to take an internship that paid over one that I preferred that was unpaid. Similarly, this summer, the internship opportunities that I can take are limited by the student income contribution. As someone interested in working in government and public policy, the need to take a job that covers my summer contribution is a serious hurdle, because many of the internships in government are unpaid.