The Brainchild of Unpaid Internships: The Nazis - Page 2
"But federal regulators say that receiving college credit does not necessarily free companies from paying interns, especially when the internship involves little training and mainly benefits the employer."
Look around, you're at a company with 16 employees and 8 interns. You really think they're looking to increase staff by 50%? Do yourself a favor, start playing Clue, not Monopoly. A new flock of sheep will be filing in the next quarter. To pass go in this game, you don't just have to avoid getting taxed. You have to pay the piper to just roll the dice.
Essentially, at the forefront of this broken concept is the hypothesis, "If students are required to complete an internship, they will be better prepared for a career after graduation." Grand idea, but there's a reason it hasn't become a theory. The patsies that are relaying this scheme to students need to notify their superiors that it's time to close the curtains on this charade. The presence of many imperfect variables is causing this experiment to become an ultimate failure.
To fully understand how ludicrous it is to require internship experience, you have to look at the circumstances that are in play for a college student. The majority of college students take a full course load each semester. On top of that, many have a part time job during the school year and work full time over the summer to pay for tuition. Students are left with a dismal catch-22 situation: either take the internship during the semester when they are working and attending class or over the summer; instead of working at a full time paying job.
Both options come with thick wrinkles that call for an industrial iron to flatten out. For the intern-during-semester route, you have to find an opportunity within driving distance of campus. Schools do not place students at internships; that's so Commi. Instead, students are expected to find an opportunity themselves. Time for real world experience in capitalism kids! Students have to compete with their fellow classmates for the few internship opportunities in the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, the situation always plays out like being the 2nd captain in pick-up basketball. The 1st captain gets the tall, athletic player and you're stuck with the guy that has a gimp leg. All of the promising paid internships that are located near campus are swept up by those who have an "in". For the rest of us who don't have the fortune of a Dad that golfs with big wigs, we're left with the scraps. This, of course, happens to be the stale medley that is far away and doesn’t pay. Thanks, but no thanks.Continued on the next page