Interns… the bottom of the food chain!

Interns – The bottom of the food chain
By Zan Azlee

AUG 24 – “Check out the three drawers full of tapes. Clean it out, arrange them in alphabetical order and type the list it in the computer,” said my immediate supervisor.

This was a gazillion years ago when I did my internship at CNBC Europe. I spent a week doing that and wondered the whole time how that was going to contribute to my post-graduate degree course. Today, in my work in the media industry, I have supervised interns. And as my capacity as a lecturer, I have also advised students embarking on and in the midst of their internships.

What I have noticed is that many interns today feel like they deserve to be more than an intern. They want to do important work that matters for the organisation. What they don’t realise is that they are interns. And interns are right at the bottom of the food chain. Hence, they have no choice whatsoever.

I have had interns working on productions where their sole job for three months was to hold an umbrella over the director’s head when it was raining or too sunny. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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