MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, part…
This article actually infuriated me. Whatever happened to internships that you only earned college credit if you passed? I did one of those for a TV station during my senior year of college. I had to pay for the college credits, pay for my own transporation (50 miles away from my school), and pay for my own meals. I received no monetary compensation, and it was supposed to help me get a foot into the media industry. We all know how that ended up.
I can see why companies would want to provide some perks in order to retain these interns as future employees. I get that–it’s a marketing thing, in that respect. But these kids have better perks–and in some cases, compensation–than I’ve had, and I’ve GOT experience, unlike them. How is that fair? Whatever happened to the "poor college student" and "paying your dues" towards your career?
I suppose that as a person who still feels like she is "paying (her) dues" at the age of 46, despite having a career and a graduate degree in hand, this seems grossly unfair. Yes, yes, I know the world isn’t fair. But really–what does a 20-22 year old need with a $60-80K salary, free food, and all those other perks? Why can’t I get a piece of that?
Internships are supposed for the purpose of learning, not getting paid high wages and all the "good things". Employees have earned a spot to have those perks, but interns haven’t.
I don’t know…reading this just made me feel ill. 😦