A boon to business

Finally, someone publishes a “What not to do with your intern” (and it’s not Bill Clinton).

Interns can help your other employees be more productive by freeing them to tackle more important projects while interns perform lower-level work.

Ask other employees what tasks an intern could perform — especially those “back burner” things that nobody else has time to complete. Then decide how many interns you need.

What can interns do at your business? (…) Organize files, format business documents — and recruit the next interns.

You need a system that fully taps intern capabilities on behalf of your business.

Wait: it’s called “Interns can be a boon to business if managed well” (DailyBreeze, August 4, 2006) and it’s not even ironic. And the best part, is that it makes no secret of its definition of “internship”:

America have long used college-student interns and recent grads as a helpful, low-cost human resource.

Is this newspaper aware that they are inciting others to do something that is most likely illegal? The cardinal rule of the internship is that it should benefit the intern first and foremost.

This article illustrates perfectly how the concept of internship has been perverted: it has become a form of exploitation of the weak. All that’s described above would be fair for an entry-level employee, an administrative assistant. But not for an un(der)paid employee.

They don’t seem the smallest bit aware of the irony of having a link to this article next to their “How to replace staff with exploited students” article: Employers adding fewer jobs.


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