Federal Judge Outlaws Internships
Anyone looking for work should read a seminal column, "How to Get a Job," by Tom Friedman of The New York Times. Three key points:
• Harvard education expert Tony Wagner [said] that the world doesn't care anymore what you know; all it cares "is what you can do with what you know."
• [Employers] increasingly don't care how those skills were acquired: home schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale. They just want to know one thing: Can you add value?
• "Too many of the "skills you need in the workplace today are not being taught by colleges." -Elenora Sharef, Co-founder, HireArt.
How to Acquire Skills Not Taught in Schools: Become an Intern.
As readers of this online column know, in my 15th summer I apprenticed as an unpaid intern at the Ivoryton, Conn. summer playhouse.
I had to pay tuition (acting lessons) plus room and board. I thought I wanted to be an actor, but quickly discovered 1) I had no talent and 2) hated being out in front of people.
But that summer of 1951 was terrific! I spent 12 splendid weeks working like a demon for no money, doing whatever I was told to do. I painted scenery, cleaned johns, shoveled garbage, hefted ice into the air-cooling system, assisted on the lights, did sound effects and cued actors who were likely to muff lines.
Working with stage manager Bill Dalzell, I learned what went on behind the curtain and stage-managed several productions in college.
I had the unmatched excitement of working with a then unknown Bob Fosse who was spectacular as the star of Rogers and Hart's Pal Joey. Others I worked with included Joan Bennett, Eve Arden, Lawrence Tibbett, Marlon Brando, Cedric Hardwicke and Vivica Lindfors, to name a few.