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The joy of unpaid internships

I was catching up on one of my favorite blogs, Stuff White People Like, when I came across this particular post about Unpaid Internships. Everything they said was, as always, so accurate in the white middle-upper class, especially in the community here at Vandy. My 10 month dietetic internship, which is required for me to become a Registered Dietitian, is basically unpaid. I pay them $6,800 in tuition, and in return for my hard full-time work, I receive a monthly $90 stipend. Yes, laugh at me if you wish. I liked how SWPL put it:

“you would assume that the most sought after internships would be in areas that lead to the greatest financial reward. Young White people, however, prefer internships that put them on the path for careers that will generally result in a DECREASE of the material wealth accumulated by their parents.”

People think that “Well, being in an unpaid internship for a year is tough, but afterwards you’ll get a high paying job and you’ll be able to pay off your debt and live a comfortable life”. Obviously, they have not read SWPL and do not understand these internships. Continue reading:

“If all goes according to plan, an internship will end with an offer of a job that pays $24,000 per year and will consist entirely of the same tasks they were recently doing for free.
When all is said and done, the internship process serves the white community in many ways. First, it helps to train the next generation of freelance writers, museum curators, and directors assistants. But more importantly, internships teach white children how to complain about being poor.”

Hahah. And for those of you who are fellow fans of Stuff White People Like, they just came out with a book that has been on the New York Times Bestselling list for 7 weeks now. Of course, us unpaid interns can’t afford to buy it, but we can put it on our wish lists :)


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