Will Someone Stop the Madness Please?!
STOP THE MADDNESS!
Now this government, in it’s infinite wisdom – wants to make it illegal to allow businesses to have internships. The government, using your tax dollars – is hiring over 250 “watch dogs” to ensure that there is no “intern abuse.” [this according to the latest John Stossel show.]
Better get a hold of Bill Clinton on that one there brilliant BHO administration! He’s the only danger to interns…
But I digress.
My daughter interned as a Junior at Hope College, Holland, Michigan for The Tampa Bay Rays. That was the summer of 2005. She stayed with my mother in Clearwater and worked for the Rays for one summer. She didn’t get paid a dime. She got a few T-shirts – and I think a plastic cup – but she worked her tail off like she was paid. They noticed.
Long since graduated, Allie was in a job in California – less than a year ago – she believed she strongly needed to leave. On my suggestion, she called the Tampa Bay Rays and a contact she still stayed in touch with occasionally, to ask if they had any openings. He was thrilled to hear from her, remembered how hard she worked and told her that they JUST happened to have one position opening in group ticket sales, but that she’d have to interview like all the other candidates. Could she fly out?
In this economy, based on her experience with the job she had in California, her record there as an intern and a good word from this contact (who had at this point moved to a supervisory position), my Allie got the job! Never could this have happened had she not been a PROVEN hard, hard worker as an intern!
She gave her notice in California and drove out to work for the Tampa Bay Rays. She was the number 3 Ticket seller for them last month (to be fair, they ARE in first place as I write this but she IS a great salesperson!) and she is now living with my mother who just started to need help.
Without that internship she never would have had the contact and never would have had even a chance at that job. She has that job right now because of her internship. If the Rays had had to hire her – she never would have been able to apply for the job because she’d have to leave to go back to school after the summer break! No less beat out all the other thousands of applicants to get in the door of a MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM!
But because her college had a relationship to send interns to the Tampa Bay Rays - BAM - she's got a great, great job!
WILL THIS INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT PLEASE STAY OUT OF YET ANOTHER ASPECT OF MY/OUR LIFE PLEASE?!