IrwinM.Fletcher wrote:shintopig wrote:Internships: mentioned before, but this is a great place to get those. If you want to work in the government; come here. DOJ, Military, DOC, DOS, DOHS, DOE, DOEd, DOD, FBI, EPA, variety of Congressional positions, huge amount of private positions. Its all here; students come to NY & DC; you wouldn't go anywhere else if you want to have these opportunities. AU also has a great network. My 1L position with the military is through an AU connection I made just by asking. Work hard to procure opportunities and you'll get something.
I love when people brag about unpaid internships as if it's an accomplishment.
It is a scam, and the fact it is speaks about how brainwashed people are. I used to be in a field where it was a "gift" to get an internship, and never played that game so I left. I just don't get how working for free can ever be the goal. I guess these people are from rich families, but I just don't get it when you need to support yourself or a family. You can only work so many hours before burn out, and these rarely lead to paid employment and even if they do, no one goes from unpaid intern to 100k in the same company. I think this time would be better served at the gym getting crazy ripped, which would also be relaxing and likely help more with employment because of confidence, and physical appearance. Even watching movies would be more valuable because then you'll at least be interesting in conversations. Interns take their jobs seriously, but no one else does. It just seems like a lose-lose situation.... the "gift" of working.
I think the general thing is if you show off about going 200k in debt to work for free, there is something wrong with you and you got scammed. The end goal is a career, not paying to work like you're getting seats to a Redskins game.