Hey intern, get me a coffee and stop whingeing

An interesting article in the Observer this morning by Barbara Ellen…

Does anyone care, I mean really care, about interns? They’ve been complaining recently about being exploited, underpaid (if paid at all), and generally treated as despised dogsbodies.

There is even a website called Interns Anonymous, full of interns complaining about being exploited, underpaid, treated as dogsbodies, etc. On IA, some of the whinges are so lengthy and self-pitying one can’t help but wonder if they might have got on a little better if they’d poured all that energy into the internship.

Of course we are delighted that debate about internships has been highlighted in the national press once again! Read the full article here.

5 Responses to “Hey intern, get me a coffee and stop whingeing”


  1. 1 Paul Sagar 02/28/2010 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, Alex, give me about half an hour and a full refutation of this insuferable woman and her inability to reason is coming your way…

  2. 2 Paul Sagar 02/28/2010 at 6:50 pm

    Refutation:

    http://badconscience.com/2010/02/28/listen-up-barbara/

    feel more than free to cross-post to the IA blog.

    Paul

  3. 3 Mark Watson 02/28/2010 at 7:04 pm

    Well it’s a desperate attempt to get the Observer to limp off the news stands (which it usually sticks firmly to) by being - hey - controversial but a rather transparently and unimaginatively written performance all round.

    Still, as you say, it puts the issue into the public eye again, and this excellent site!

  4. 4 London Fashion Intern 03/01/2010 at 8:02 am

    I don’t think she read your blog, or if she did she entirely misread your goal.
    Her article is so obviously done based on the BBC report alone, without any further research.

  5. 5 Matt 03/02/2010 at 12:11 pm

    This lady is obviously just trying to keep hold of a job the Observer’s big sister The Guardian is trying to cut, like most of its other once loved, now lost, supplements. A poorly ignorant whinge from a writer who is more than happy being middle class and therefore away from the financial problems she is spectating on. More than this though she doesn’t care if the divisions in class that are present in the professional (and specifically in my experience Arts) industries are not tackled as this blog and the Arts Group seeks to do. Indeed she is actively upholding those divisions.


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