Comments on: Dear Summer Intern: This is an audition for your future Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:02:59 +0000 hourly 1 By: SayHey Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:34:13 +0000 Private, for-profit entities that do not pay interns are engaging in classic exploitation – taking advantage of the desperate. Perhaps a case can be made for free labor at non-profits or government agencies, but a self-respecting business should pay the help – and this is from a conservative-leaner.

By: elibutton Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:17:44 +0000 IMO I think it’s good advice. Many here may be critical because they are expecting more specifics or jargin or eye-opening from Jack & Suzy, but for the target audience (17-24yr olds) their advice (albeit well documented and common sense) is simple and to the point.

I met Jack and Suzy on their latest book tour, she was quiet and he was very nice – of course because I bought 6 of his books to have him sign. If I could improve upon this piece I would look for a better interviewer who’s more attuned to their topic and can ask more pointed and gating questions that can draw out more value added information. Jack didn’t have a “chemical” internship, he was a Chemical Engineer, and that’s different than a Chemist.

By: Robertla Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:27:47 +0000 interning, is a great way to check out the ‘company culture’……….the inner workings……you may NEVER want to actually work there

By: crucial Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:11:37 +0000 This piece isn’t just rubbish, it’s a message from the status quo. This is neoliberal junk.

From whence we’re born, we’re meant to be profit maximizing machines it seems. Work your life to death and mindlessly consume all the while. Oh and don’t concern yourself about the planet and the environment as well. As you can see, everything will just magically turn out ok because it’s supposed to.

Perhaps we shouldn’t have let communism fall so quickly. Just a mere few decades after the fall of communism and look where we are and where we’re headed which feels very much like serfdom.

Student debt now stands at over a trillion dollars. No jobs for them. Well thank god there’s cheap junk food and gadgets to keep them distracted for now. And Jack and Suzy.

By: jgscott Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:13:07 +0000 These 2 have nothing to say to regular people, they live in the 1% buble, please spare us.

By: Papaner88 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:36:32 +0000 @adam do you really think Jack W wrote that? It was an excellent piece by his intern.

By: Adam_S Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:13:39 +0000 It is also funny, as others have mentioned tertiarily, that there is NO mention of pay in this article.

Interns work hard, or should, as the brilliant Welch’s tell us. Are they paid? Is there any mention of that? I work for a nonprofit, we don’t pay our interns, and as their manager, it incenses me every summer when I’m supposed to find 2-3, high quality, intelligent, hard-working kids, extol the virtues of working where I work, then tell them they don’t get paid. When I finally leave this place, that’s going to be a top 5 reason.

If your part-time employees produce work product for you, and do it well, they are adding value, and they deserve to be paid. The attitude of management who feel they don’t need to pay interns is disgusting. While they *might* learn something beneficial for a career, they certainly won’t learn the value of a dollar, since they’re expected to pay rent, eat, etc, on their own savings (which, duh, so many 18-21 year old kids have in spades), or their parents’ generosity, which due to the market recently, is probably at an all-time low.

It amazes me how these two don’t even mention that.

By: bryanX Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:31:41 +0000 obey. step. fetch. let the 1% feed off your life essence.

believe in the American Dream that’s been snatched from the grasp of 100 million other Americans.

then die, hapless worker drone.

By: Acetracy Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:03:52 +0000 Jack and Suzy went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Oh, no wait, let’s send our unpaid, overeducated intern to do the work we would normally have to pay minimum wage to an employee.

That way Jack and Suzy can skip employment benefits tax, healthcare costs, insurance, etc.

The reality of today’s internships is that they work in mail rooms unpaid to do grunt work that has nothing to do with their career aspirations. However, it does add to GE’s bottom line.

By: Adam_S Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:01:11 +0000 Please, Reuters, stop letting these two write opinion columns. I’m BEGGING YOU.

The two real nuggets of info here are:

1. Work hard, no, really hard. Like, so hard. As hard as you can.

2. Have something more than a wet paper bag of a personality.

If I were you, Reuters, I’d charge these guys, rather than paying them, for such a useless column. Or maybe not, maybe I’m the only one who sees hard work and acting like a normal, likable human being as obvious things you do at a job. Things you don’t need to be told to do. I dunno. Call me crazy.