I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the whole internship thing is mostly a racket.. Companies get free labor, rich kids get experience that poor students can’t afford and thus get one more competitive advantage working-class students can’t access.
In a buyer’s market, the employer gets to set even higher expectations of new employees — forgetting that when they do so they’re setting up another barrier to talented but not wealthy people. It chaps my hide big time.. when a really smart and hardworking college student can’t afford to take an unpaid position because they already have to work at a job to put food on the table, they have no choice but to sacrifice future advantages for current survival.
That colleges play into this is really irritating to me — why participate in such a system? It’s just getting in bed with the corporations that want to use and exploit young folks for their own gain. Isn’t it enough that a smart student works hard and does well in school?