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So you haven't found a job with a corner office and your name on the door, but you've landed an unpaid internship. Money Expert Nathan Bachrach shares advice on how you make the most of it!

First, figure out what you want to accomplish. 

Do you want to work for this company? Or are you focused on acquiring a particular set of skills? You have to know what you want in order to get it. 

Now this should go without saying, but treat your internship like a real job.  Show up on time, work hard, and ask questions if you don't understand something.  Pay attention to what's happening around you, as well, and not just the project you're working on. 

Don't make the common mistake of only hanging out with other interns. 

Ideally, you'll find a mentor -- someone who can give you advice and hopefully provide a connection to a real job at some point. 

And after you've proven yourself, ask about full-time paid work. If your employer says they don't have anything available, be sure to keep in touch. 

Be grateful for all the advice you're given. A well-written "thank you" note still makes an impression and it could save somebody a job down at the postal service!

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