Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.
1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.
2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.
3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.
4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.
5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.
6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.
7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.
8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.
9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.
The “internship” crisis is bugging the hell out of me. I did three internships, and they were all about education, not my working. I wasn’t asked to come in early and stay late, I wasn’t asked to do any Work. Because you got paid for Work. I was there to learn.
The second you put someone into a role where there is an expectation of accountability - deadlines, deliverables, labour, customer service - or where what they made is in some way contributing to the success of an organization - well, then you’ve got yourself a job. And you need to pay them.
Want to start your own magazine? Great. Want something written for free? You need to revisit your business plan.
Your bonus is not a charity.
what … what have you done … . .WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
OH MY GOD YES.
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
A point that needs repeating.
This is probably not what the acupuncturist wants to see on my #pain diagram before this consultation… #oops #acupuncture #fibro #sorrymaam (at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic)
I know the feeling.
I love the rain.
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