Federal Judge Outlaws Internships
These young women were crackerjacks—hard working, enthusiastic and thrilled to be on the firing line. I worked closely with them and watched them turn into first-rate journalists. Whereupon after graduation they were hired. Hallie Mummert went on to become a terrific editor-in-chief of Target Marketing and Lisa Yorgey worked her way up to managing editor.
From our point of view, we weren't taking a gamble on a couple of recent college grads, who may have spent the past four years dealing in theory. We trained them. We knew their work and they moved up rapidly.
The concept of interning is a win-win deal for all concerned.
A Foot in the Door
Early this summer I met a young woman—a sophomore in college—who had landed a prestigious internship at an iconic Philadelphia cultural institution. I gave her three words of advice:
"Make yourself indispensable."
Take every assignment and do it with enthusiasm, I told her. Make life easier for the people you are working for. If the work is slow, ask for more. Volunteer for anything that comes along.
"Ask questions," I told her and repeated a line from Ray Schultz of DM News: "The only stupid question is the question you don't ask."
This young woman will be graduating college in two years. Then what?
- If the organization where she's interning has an opening, she could be in line for a full-time job.
- At the very least, she'll get a reference for her résumé and maybe some leads to other jobs in the area or in that field.
The Latest Intern Lawsuit
As I was about to send this column in for publication, a story broke here in Philly that two interns were suing Comcast-NBCUniversal. According to Inquirer journalist Bob Fernandez: