Internships

All My Grownup Jobs And How I Actually Got Them

Plenty of people have very practical advice about how to get a job or break into an industry, but when I look back on work in my 20′s, I see mostly dumb luck, good timing, and knowing the right people. Sharing how I’ve gotten work so far may not be helpful or encouraging, but it is true, and true is a good place to start from.

Here is my no-bullshit job history:

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Music I Listened to While Working as a Temp

Most profound listening experience: Every morning, I would sleep in until 11 a.m. because I worked swing shift. Being that I was in Seattle in March, it would still be dark and cloudy at that late hour. My commute was a slow, degrading walk down Pike/Pine Corridor to the train depot. It was always overcast, and sometimes it rained early in the day. I had Tegan & Sara’s The Con on repeat during my commute, which fits perfectly with heartbreak and lack of Vitamin D.

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Summer Interns and Helicopter Parents

S. Mitra Kalita, the ideas editor at Quartz, has some advice for parents who are emailing their friends and asking them if they have any internship spots available for their kids: Don’t do it.

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High School Age Interns

At NBC News, Nona Willis Aronowitz writes about the rise of the high school age intern. High school students are taking on both unpaid and paid internships to gain experience in a field they are interested in or to make themselves standout during the college application process.

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Better Policies for Hiring Interns

Doree Shafrir is an executive editor at Buzzfeed who’s hired and managed her fair share of millennials. Her piece, “Can the Intern Hamster Wheel Be Stopped?” takes a hard look at the troubling trend of ‘do a dozen unpaid internships everywhere but then never find a job in the creative industry to which you just devoted your early 20s.’ It is nice to hear discussion about what can be done from people who have the power to do something about it.

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Revolting Interns

This weekend, Melissa Schorr looked at some of the litigation that has been occurring against companies by unpaid interns, how some unpaid internships are disappearing (Conde Nast shuttered its internship program for 2014), and how colleges have remained conspicuously silent about the matter (companies feel better about offering no compensation if they think interns will get college credit they can actually use towards graduating).

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The Michael McGrath Holiday Newsletter

Happy Holidays to family, friends, Missed Connections and temp agency administrators.

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Unpaid Interns Speak Out for Having to Carry Books to Bookstore

I thought I was morally opposed to the practice of having rich young post-teens move to New York for the summer and work for magazines for free, but after hearing these former unpaid interns complain about their experiences in this New York Post article? Well I still agree that unpaid internships are exploitative, but also I kind of want one of these brats to go pick up my dry-cleaning.

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How 14 Former and Current Interns Supported Themselves During Their Internships

Former interns reveal how they supported themselves while doing internships.

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College Credit For Internships Basically Meaningless?

According to this revelatory (to me) opinion piece by Peter Sterne in the Columbia Spectator, that college credit ain’t worth much. Just a way to let employers hire you for free, really:

“If you’re a Columbia student and you do an internship, Columbia will give you “college credit” for it. This credit, known as “R-credit,” has little in common with the credits you’ll get for passing classes. It appears on your transcript, but it doesn’t actually count toward your degree. It’s basically meaningless.

To receive this credit, all you need to is fill out a simple form, get your internship supervisor to sign it, and submit it to the Center for Student Advising. It would be easy to get this credit fraudulently, but who would want to?”

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