Here's a truly dumb idea: Let's reserve valuable internships for the wealthiest students alone, at a time when college costs continue to surge past middle-class family incomes and available aid. This is what a recent op-ed effectively recommends.
A concise, upbeat and professional message in the body of the email that expresses interest in the available internship goes a long way and gives you the opportunity to wow the employer with your clean writing before they even open your resume.
Parents and students expressed frustration that most internships are unpaid and that many universities now require students to enroll in a class. Hopefully, I can provide some answers to those of you who get frustrated or need more insight to internships.
I pride myself on having a head screwed soundly on my shoulders and a strong gut instinct. I fully realize that it sounds like I should have bolted and ran at this point. And believe me, I knew something was off.
If you intern on a show, will you get to help put together a call sheet? Make sure to ask this in the interview. Yes, internships will consist of fetching lunch orders, answering phones and making copies, but a good internship will come with perks that you need to advance your career.
My generation has already made sacrifices, and we are sure to make many more. I work hard, pay my dues and don't often complain. But I am no longer willing to pretend this exploitative practice that is unpaid, for-credit internships is acceptable.
The post-graduate internship has, in many cases, replaced the entry level job, which is creating a ripple effect across the entire marketplace. The fact is, the job market has been flooded with a pool of highly educated and very cheap labor.