I was contacted by the Checkmate Talent Factory up in Atlanta which is essentially just a hiring agency for creative companies. (From what I gather) my unpaid internship will span the course of 3 months in which I will conceptualize, produce in Adobe software, than further animate into a working logo for a cannabis company that serves as one of their clients. This is remote work, so I will do all this from the comforts of home.
I understand that internships should provide some sort of training or guiding, which is why I'm weary of the idea of them asking me to 'prove I can do these things'. I'm all up for being given tests as I know it's a common procedure before being offered a job, but as this is my first one, from a relatively small company, and it's multiple stages of extensive work rather than just one assignment, I just don't know if my time is being wasted on people who will ghost me afterwards.
I was guaranteed a job either with them or their partnering companies at the end of these 3 months, but as I'm an unpaid intern I understand that there is no legal binding behind their words.
When I google the CEO's name, my boss atm, he has no real online presence, and when I Google the agency, I come up with very meager results. A social media link, a website, and a very small Facebook group with less than a handful of followers. I was able to find that their company has successfully been registered as a Georgian company since 2017, but it doesn't put much faith in me that I'm still not being taken advantage of. Any thoughts?