In the spirit of Halloween, spooks, and horror, let’s talk about one of the most frightening things to ever happen to our generation– internships.
Conde Nast announced last week that their internship program will be ending after being sued by a series of former interns. Naturally, it blew up on Twitter and upset all the aspiring Carrie Bradshaw’s out there. It’s unfortunate, but in my opinion, the interns should have asked for secure jobs instead of suing them. *WINK*
A ubiquitous complaint among college students is the eagerness to graduate and get out there. What’s so special about rushing into “real life” anyway? It’s a classic case of the “grass is greener on the other side of the…diploma.” It all seems better when we trade the sweatpants for dress suits and our dignity for minimum wage. Internships are a great preview into that lifestyle. But just like our first time at summer camp, we want to go home after two days.
Internships are indeed valuable. It’s a great source of experience and enough labor to know that that is not what you want to do for the rest of your life. So to relieve the stress of looking for internships or currently having one, I’ve compiled a list of things to do in between answering phone calls.
(Note: the following advice is coming from someone who cried and quit her first job as a babysitter after one day)
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR UNPAID INTERNSHIPS:
- Use your free time to think about all your life’s mistakes and regrets
- You could be laying in bed watching New Girl, so instead, write your own plotlines
- Over-analyze the text that you just sent to your potentially significant other
- Eavesdrop on the conversations behind you because they could be the storyline to your hit HBO series
- Talk to everyone…who is willing to speak with you like you aren’t an “unpaid intern”
- Realize that your hero in life (Beyonce) released her hit song, Baby Boy, when she was 21
And remember, millions of girls would kill to have your dress suit.