For whatever reason, Internships seem to be popping up on the topic radar quite a bit this season. Last week, we examined toxic internship environments and the damage they can do to participants and earlier this week, a colleague sent me a copy of an internship that had jaw-droppingly unrealistic expectations.
Nutshell: this organization has a marketing/communications internship that expects the participant to take photo and video footage of live performances and rehearsals, schedule and conduct interviews with performers and guest artists, then edit everything into a “one of a kind video for YouTube.”
The intern is expected to handle the end-to-end process including, but not limited to, “storyboarding, logistics, shooting, editing, and publishing. The candidate will need Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Captivate, and Photoshop skills.
Apparently, you have to be a male because the listing specifically said they are looking for a “fresh, think outside-the-box creative guy.” Can
The internship lasts 6.5 weeks and pays…wait for it…$230/week.
The entire listing contains nothing but expectations. No word about mentorship, potential for program credit, etc.
If you’re looking for a good example of what not to do, this covers most of those bases.