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First Jobs

davishipps Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 9:08 AM
Mr. Lepant, I have to disagree with you here. You're assuming that money is the only form of payment, but as stated in the article, many interns value the free-to-them education that comes with working in a professional environment. There is value in learning how successful people function. Internships are supposed to be like apprenticeships; both sides benefit at minimal expense to both. Above all else, however, it shouldn't be illegal to offer unpaid internships. These aren't slaves we're talking about; these would be free people making the conscious choice to accept a job in exchange for learning the workings of their chosen profession first-hand, rather than in exchange for money.
What was your first job?

I stuck pieces of plastic and metal together at an Evanston, Ill., assembly line. We produced photocopiers for a company called American Photocopy.

I hated the work. It was hot and boring. But it was useful. It taught me to get good grades in school so I might have other choices.

Four years later, good grades got me a job as a researcher at a TV station.

To my surprise, that became a career. I never planned to be a TV reporter. I hadn't even watched TV news. I never took a journalism course.

But by...