This week, Doree Shafrir over at Buzzfeed wrote about the ‘internship hamster wheel,’ especially pervasive in our industry. She continued the discussion on Twitter under #myinternship, where a lot of current and ex-journo interns shared their woes, their ideas for making existing intern programs better, and rethinking the whole system entirely. In addition to being a fun and easy way to engage with her readers, there were some good anecdotes.
Here are some of the highlights:
If you’re in journalism, and people tell you to pitch stuff to your managers, they’re not lying about that. #myinternship
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) February 18, 2014
unpaid at a community paper, for-credit at a larger paper transitioning to focus on web, paid at BuzzFeed: says where $$ is #myinternship
— Megan Paolone (@meganpaolone) February 18, 2014
I still know the precise Starbucks coffee orders of over 10 mid-level fashion editors. Def doesn’t make me a better writer. #myinternship
— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) February 18, 2014