A Spectator columnist has called graduates who complain about doing unpaid internships “ridiculous”, “sad-eyed” and “preposterous” – and accused them of having a “nauseating sense of entitlement.”
In the article, journalist Brendan O’Neill’s article Why interns don’t deserve pay proves himself to be spectacularly out of touch with the majority of young people, their parents and the recruitment industry, embarrassing himself and the Spectator (seriously, who commissioned this guff?). Here are our favourite quotes:
“Interning is always harder work for the people overseeing the interns than it is for the interns themselves.”
“The whole point of an internship is that it isn’t a job – it’s an opportunity. So it makes perfect sense that there’s no pay packet at the end of the week.”
“The demand that internships become paid positions is an extension of modern youth’s corrosive belief that everything they do should be instantly rewarded. This is a generation which thinks its every endeavour deserves a pat on the back.”
“Easily the most grating argument made by agitating interns is that unpaid internships hit working-class youth the hardest… [but] resilient working-class kids have for years topped up their internships with Saturday jobs or evening work, while kipping on a friend’s couch to cut outgoings.”
“It speaks volumes about the parlous state of modern history teaching that these interns so liberally refer to themselves as ‘slaves’. Anyone who had been taught properly about the Roman era, or about black slavery in early America, or about the Holocaust, would know that there’s rather more to being a slave than being asked by a gruff boss to buy him a hazelnut latte.”
*What do you think of the Spectator article?
What is your favourite part? Do you agree with any of it? And is Brendan O’Neill mad, bad – or just plain sad?