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#1 Wolfwood

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:08 AM

If you take anything, and I mean ANYTHING from this rant, let it be this.

Internships are bullshit.

In every regard, they are complete, unfiltered, bullshit.

For those of you who do not know what a Internship is...

An internship is where You, a person who is interested in a specific career field, but does not currently have all of the skills or knowledge necessary to do such job, and even if you DO, you need the piece of paper you spent thousands of dollars on and that will put you in debt for the rest of your life that says you DO have that skill. An Internship is supposed to give you the training and skills needed to preform the job you would like to do, so if you're currently in Medical School or Business Management, you may be offered an Internship to work in the field with your peers, gaining valuable knowledge.

That is how it's supposed to work, but it doesn't work that way in reality, it never does.
Basically how it actually works is you work for free, and that's it, it's slave labor, if you're one of the very, very few people who get a paid internship, then congratulations, go fuck yourself, for the majority of you, it's almost always a waste of time. A few points.

1) If you accept an Internship, what is probably going to happen is that you're going to learn jack shit, if you don't know anything about the field, you're going to learn very little, most Internships involve doing chores, such as going of coffee runs and doing small errands, if you want to manage a business later on, and you happen to be working in a large corporate office, don't expect to talk to the supervisor about his techniques on developing relationships with his or her employees so that they work more efficient, because he wants his coffee, with creme.

I know there are many people who did actually learn more then how to properly deliver 30 coffees to the paid employees, but I've known well over thirty people who went to an internship to give them a leg up on the competition, I think three of them walked away with something, the others spent weeks or months giving a corporation free labor that could have gone to someone who needed the money.

2) Internships are rather unfair, paid internships are amazing, you get to do something that you love and get paid to do it, but odds are, you probably aren't going to be paid, can you support yourself while you do the exact same job that someone else gets paid for, but for free? Most of you can, if you're living with family or friends that have jobs and can afford to pay for you, there you go, you too can learn all about the harsh realities of life. Of course, while you think you can put it on your resume that you helped build a Wordpress site for a small business, I want you to think about a few things.

3) They are making money off of your labor, I see all the time, business are looking for "Website Interns" to build them a website and get the fuck out, they use that website to generate profit, and you don't see a dime of any of it, you don't get a paycheck, you go in, build their site and you get the fuck out, they have a guy to maintain it, they just didn't want to pay him to make it, they have Interns!

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4) Your internship probably doesn't mean much to anyone. I used to be a intern for a small IT business, they specialized in setting up networks for other businesses, and they wanted an Intern to do some light work and learn about the trade, being a Computer Scientist, I thought this would be a great opportunity, I could put it on my resume and have something to show to a potential employer.

It lasted two weeks, and it was fucking awful, every day I hated it, I went to ONE job, ONE fucking job, and I ran cables, my "Supervisor" would do all the technical shit, the shit that I wanted to do, because I spent my life learning how to fucking do it, and he gave me a job, take this Cat6 cable to the end of the room and plug it in the wall. Which I did.

He then finished up, said goodbye to the owner and we both left, he said I did a great job of shoving my thumb up my ass and watching him do everything, was a proud moment in my life.
To this day, it's almost unbearable to watch others go through what I did, I didn't learn anything new, I already knew how to do everything they didn't bother to teach me, I just say around and did a few odd jobs, I fetched coffee, occasionally I would do some Data Entry, and sometimes, I would even get to sit in on a meeting! Wowzers!

Seriously, don't do that shit, it's slave labor, unless you can guarantee that you'll be learning SOMETHING, which you probably can't, get the fuck out, get out and run far, far away. Ques Ques Que.

This rant is short and shitty because I hate all of you and my feet hurt, mostly because of the feet part.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:11 AM

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:16 AM

That being said I may refer back to this when I get an internship at my local PD.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

I agree. Also temp.agencies are a rip.off.also.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

+1 on this rant. Internships in my mind, are fucking this generation of workers up the ass. If people would stop allowing the bullshit circle of internships for "experience" and realize that the faint hope of you getting hired is nothing more than a dangling carrot infront of your dumbass face, we'd be better off.

Stop selling yourselves for free.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

you need the piece of paper you spent thousands of dollars on and that will put you in debt for the rest of your life that says you DO have that skill.

And that's why I joined the military after high school.
I'll gladly take a minimum of two years of paid bullshit, than a lifetime of debt.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

I guess you guys are just interning in the wrong fields. I know several guys on aerospace internships who are doing legit work and make bank.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

I guess you guys are just interning in the wrong fields. I know several guys on aerospace internships who are doing legit work and make bank.


It's largely all of the kids who "study" business. I find that field has the worst track record for shit like that. If you take a trade, or go into a more specialized field like aerospace or what I do, you're degree or training is more closely linked than some other areas.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:20 AM


I guess you guys are just interning in the wrong fields. I know several guys on aerospace internships who are doing legit work and make bank.


It's largely all of the kids who "study" business. I find that field has the worst track record for shit like that. If you take a trade, or go into a more specialized field like aerospace or what I do, you're degree or training is more closely linked than some other areas.


Exactly, none of this "Oh, I can just intern at a company and feel the waters for what I like, if anything, I'll learn something knew!" You'll learn precisely dick.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:22 AM

You'll learn precisely dick.

That could still be helpful for one wishing to join the adult entertainment industry.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:53 AM

And how many internships have you actually done? 1 maybe 2 at best?


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:16 AM

And how many internships have you actually done? 1 maybe 2 at best?


I've done one internship that cost me 6 months of my life, and I'm never getting the time or money back.

So, you had a point?

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:59 AM

I certainly do. You might want to branch out a littke bit before you bash all internships, possibly do a lil research on the company before applying.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

I certainly do. You might want to branch out a littke bit before you bash all internships, possibly do a lil research on the company before applying.


Which I did, I'm not stating the name of the company, but it was rather large, you won't find much beyond marketing talk, it's not like you're going to call someone and they'll tell you, "Oh! Yes, here is exactly what you'll be doing during the internship with a written guarantee and I'll have the signed and notarized!"

You get what you get, and I stated that yes, there are SOME, maybe ONE decent internship that will actually help you out, but for the 99.99% of you who apply to one, once again, you'll learn absolutely nothing and gain nothing from the experience, the business will profit from your slave labor and nothing more, if you even walk away with a positive reference it would be a miracle.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:51 PM


I certainly do. You might want to branch out a littke bit before you bash all internships, possibly do a lil research on the company before applying.


Which I did, I'm not stating the name of the company, but it was rather large, you won't find much beyond marketing talk, it's not like you're going to call someone and they'll tell you, "Oh! Yes, here is exactly what you'll be doing during the internship with a written guarantee and I'll have the signed and notarized!"

You get what you get, and I stated that yes, there are SOME, maybe ONE decent internship that will actually help you out, but for the 99.99% of you who apply to one, once again, you'll learn absolutely nothing and gain nothing from the experience, the business will profit from your slave labor and nothing more, if you even walk away with a positive reference it would be a miracle.

The fact of the matter is that really the only reason for internship is it is a resume booster. It is used for when you go for your first job out of college to show that you have some experience in the field that you are trying to obtain a position for wether it be a great internship or one that everyday you send out letters and got coffee for the boss. It serves the same as getting great grades in college. It is used for your initial job interview for you first job and then after that all your next job really cares about is your past experiences and that you went to college.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:15 AM



I certainly do. You might want to branch out a littke bit before you bash all internships, possibly do a lil research on the company before applying.


Which I did, I'm not stating the name of the company, but it was rather large, you won't find much beyond marketing talk, it's not like you're going to call someone and they'll tell you, "Oh! Yes, here is exactly what you'll be doing during the internship with a written guarantee and I'll have the signed and notarized!"

You get what you get, and I stated that yes, there are SOME, maybe ONE decent internship that will actually help you out, but for the 99.99% of you who apply to one, once again, you'll learn absolutely nothing and gain nothing from the experience, the business will profit from your slave labor and nothing more, if you even walk away with a positive reference it would be a miracle.

The fact of the matter is that really the only reason for internship is it is a resume booster. It is used for when you go for your first job out of college to show that you have some experience in the field that you are trying to obtain a position for wether it be a great internship or one that everyday you send out letters and got coffee for the boss. It serves the same as getting great grades in college. It is used for your initial job interview for you first job and then after that all your next job really cares about is your past experiences and that you went to college.

The fact that you would even compare "Grabbed coffees for the boss" to "Getting good grades in college" Made me headdesk. What are you supposed to write on your resume as a "Booster"? "I internshiped at so-and-so for 3 months, there I learned how to go on Starbucks runs and send letters that anyone could do"

Once again, my point stands, you learn nothing, even a positive reference doesn't mean that much, since unless you did something meaningful, it's nothing but fluff, bad fluff at that, the kind of fluff that's crunchy and doesn't compress well, like an old mattress outside a porn casting call office.

I really do get what you're getting at, "Even bad internships are worth SOMETHING" But it simply isn't true, If you have a choice between working an internship in a field you like for three months, or a job close-enough to your field, take the job every time, unless you can talk to others who have done the internship and you can be assured that you'll be learning SOMETHING, it's just not worth the cost and hassle of it, remember, I did an internship in a field that I am great at. And it's not like I didn't learn anything "Because I am teh smartz" It's because they had nothing to offer me, they didn't want to teach me anything, I was nothing more than gullible free labor.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

I go to a school where every senior has to have an internship to graduate. :tdn:
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:05 AM

I go to a school where every senior has to have an internship to graduate. :tdn:


Intern at the place that beats the stupid out of every motherfucker there.

That's like saying, "Oh, you can't graduate until you work 3 months in the school cafeteria with no pay, here's your apron!"

Cheesus Christ.




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