In­terns vs. jobs

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Glob­al­iza­tion is threat­en­ing a lot of ven­er­a­ble in­sti­tu­tions [. . .] but here’s one you prob­a­bly hadn’t thought of: the old-fash­ioned sum­mer job. [. . .] Now, for bet­ter and worse, it’s in­tern­ships for you, young man. [. . .]

“To­day the re­laxed approach to sum­mer break — and the me­nial sum­mer job — is as much a piece of nos­tal­gia as ‘Grease.’ Teen paid em­ploy­ment is at an all-time low. [. . . ] That’s be­cause for kids th­ese days, sum­mer is no dif­fer­ent from the rest of the year; it’s al­ways time for ed­u­ca­tion, or, more pre­cisely, re­sume-build­ing. [. . .]

“There’s lit­tle ques­tion that the demise of the sum­mer job is due in part to glob­al­iza­tion. For one thing, with mil­lions of low-skilled im­mi­grants around, ser­vice in­dus­tries don’t need to rely on kid la­bor the way they used to. [. . .] And [. . .] kids are so used to see­ing im­mi­grants do­ing that sort of work that they as­sume ‘I don’t have to mess with food or clean­ing stuff up.’ Iron­i­cally, the same kids whose par­ents are pay­ing $4,000 for them to go to Oax­aca to build houses for the poor can’t imag­ine work­ing for money next to Mex­i­can im­mi­grants at the lo­cal Dunkin’ Donuts.”

— Kay S. Hy­mowitz, writ­ing on “Ser­vice Learn­ing,” Aug. 10 in the Wall Street Jour­nal

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