Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday Thoughts - Unpaid Internships

Internships
by Rachel Hoyt

Intended for learning
Not for suffering,
They're tickets to earning,
Eggs slowly hatching,
Risks to your bottom line,
Not budget buffers,
Superfluous bland wine,
Human dream catchers.
Internship: free knowledge
Pursued beyond college.

© 2013 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

 
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12 comments:

  1. nice...i did an internship my last year of college....and figured out it was not what i want to do...so it changed my life having real experience...

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    1. I did two unpaid internships in college that taught me many things no classroom ever could. I just keep reading about "internships" that don't sound very educational...

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  2. It's definitely a mixed scene. Internships are great work experience for students who have nothing to put on their resume otherwise, and the business gets the benefit of free labor. But when the student isn't actually learning and the employer is simply getting free labor for the tasks no one wants to do? Sketchy...

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree it is a mixed scene.

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  3. People I know (that's just a handful) only have good internship experiences--unless you're in the Senate or House of Representatives...Thank you for keeping the scale balanced--with two boys ready to go for internships! :-)

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    1. I had excellent internship experiences when I was in college too and believe those still exist, but have heard about many internships that don't sound like they are designed to primarily benefit the employee as the feds require. i.e. Someone commented via edhat.com on this poem and said that their child, who was about to receive a BA from UCSB, had been offered an internship as a painter (of houses, etc., not artist painter). A PAINTER?! That is the worst I've heard. Usually it is companies trying to get free writing from writers... although, you've likely seen the news about Fox Studios, which shows it is happening everywhere.

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  4. Mine, in the historical arena, were always positive experiences.

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  5. Exactly - that's the way to get knowledge not from a college.

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    1. It is... and many people can't afford to take the unpaid internship to get it. :(

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Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...