What are Interns anymore: Are interns simply another word for Employee?
After sprinting across the street, spilling her triple espresso all over her business attire, complete with the five o’clock wrinkle, Ashley finds that the art store she was scheduled to visit closed a mere five minutes ago. All she has to make is one more sale, and then she can get the job of her choice. Just one more sale, she tells herself.
If Ashley is an intern, where in the world did the classic stereotypical donut purchasing, coffee ordering, paperwork-filing intern go? Gone with the wind is the old fashioned intern and enter the modern intern, going by the title of employee.
When interns are hired, no longer are recruiters looking for someone who can adequately complete mundane tasks, but for fully capable starting employees.
“If an applicant does not have that much experience, but is applying for an internship, I usually do not think twice about it,” Nick explains. “But if a person comes in applying for a full time position with out a few notches on their belt, then I consider things differently.”
Experience speaks louder than words when applying for full time and intern positions. Laura Brack, a fifth year at a Midwestern university, is amidst her third internship. She has interned for smaller sized companies, as well as a big nationally known corporation. In the different settings, she has found the role as intern to be very different. “When I interned at the smaller companies, I found I was treated as more of an equal than an intern, “ Laura says.
“The small companies needed me to do more, therefore, I was more of a beginning employee than an intern,” Laura says.
“One of the reasons I took the job is because I knew how frequently they hire their interns as full time,” she said. “There are so many companies where when you are done, you are just done, with no possibility.”
While interns are simply employees, the stigma of the “useless intern” syndrome when in doubt still applies, even amongst interns themselves. Internship experiences will forever be compared to the classic image of the coffee fetching tortured soul.