No, unpaid internships do not separate men from boys. They privilege already wealthy people over the ordinary people who have to make money in order to eat, have a place to sleep, etc. They narrow the applicant pool to a tiny fraction of our society. That strikes me as a foolish way to hire anyone for anything.
If you can't pay for the work, even at an entry level, then don't ask someone else to do it.
All opinions personal, etc.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Please share: Internship position at New York Public Radio Archives
Interesting how times have changed.
Most of us who became engineers in the 60s or 70s, probably got hired as gofers, studio trainees, assistant for no-pay or extremely low pay and long hours. Eventually, if you were good enough, they would hire you at the lowest possible rate (unless you worked for a union shop like CBS, RCA, EMI, etc)
As my father used to say, "it separates the men from the boys". It separated those who really wanted to become engineers from those who were just around for the cool ride of working in a studio.
But you know what, we would have paid to do that job :-)
On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 4:35 PM, Paul Jackson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I agree. We should not be supporting unpaid work positions. Even
> students at universities get paid for their 'learning on the job' positions.
> I've seen solicitations for consultants from libraries who have
> received grants. The amounts of the grants would not even cover
> transportation, let alone housing for a few days, and for the
> expertise of the consultant. I'm not sure if that is because of the
> granting institution or the grant writer. I'm saddened by the fact
> most grants are not plugging in equality dollars for the
> workers/consultants, which they would normally pay if they were hired employees.
> I took a job once (ca. 16 years ago,) establishing a Special Library
> for a corporation @$40/hr. only to discover my actual costs were $62/hr.
> (transportation, parking, insurance, meals.)...nothing for profit. I
> suspect internships cost something by the intern as well. I probably
> could have asked and received as much as I needed.
> Whoever might be looking for summer work should inquire at Interlochen
> Center for the Arts where they hire and pay (room, board, and small
> salary) every summer. I made as much there, when in college, as I had
> the previous summer at a lumber yard.
> I did do some recent pro-bono preliminary consulting for the LeMay
> America's Auto Museum (Tacoma, WA) for their library when they first
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> On 3/7/2018 7:52 AM, jess lamar reece holler wrote:
>> I would suggest this list-serv not forward unpaid internship listings
>> because of the privilege they assume and the injustices they continue
>> to perpetuate in the field. Full stop.
>> Allied cultural work organizations like the National Council on
>> Public History and American Association of State and Local History
>> have recently taken up such stances and now refuse to list unpaid
>> internships on their job boards. If more professional organizations
>> like ARSC take a stand, it will help to change a culture and to make
>> our field more accessible to the diverse practitioners we say we welcome. Submitted for consideration.
>> On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Marcos Sueiro Bal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Please share: Internship position at New York Public Radio Archives
>>> **WITH APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTING**
>>> The NYPR Archives, which holds the assets for stations WNYC and
>>> WQXR, is seeking an unpaid summer intern. You can view the details
>>> of the position
>>> Marcos Sueiro Bal|Archives Manager
>>> New York Public Radio
>>> T: 646.829.4063|F: 646.829.4146|E: [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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