Making Trouble

INTERN, GET ME A CAMPARI!

WHY SUMMER INTERNSHIPS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE.

By Saul Griffith

WITH THE LOSS OF INDUSTRIAL TRADES and craftsmanship, apprenticeships have declined steadily. They started in the Middle Ages, with young people spending about seven years living and working with master craftsmen in the hopes that one day they would become masters of their art.

The modern equivalent is the internship, devilishly satirized in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, when Zissou asks an administrator (who happens to be a topless blonde), “Do the interns get Glocks?” The answer: “No, they all share one.” It perfectly captures the two-edged sword that interns are faced with in this day and age.

This summer I had 13 interns. ...

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