April 3, 2013

IS AMERICA RAISING A Generation Of Interns? “Desperate as she is, the Department of Labor doesn’t consider her to be unemployed, because she has two jobs. . . . The permatern phenomenon points toward wider trends in the economy — namely the cutthroat competition for knowledge-economy jobs, the lack of investment in this generation, and the skills gap between what a generation weaned on a liberal-arts education is trained for and what the in-demand skills and professions are right now (i.e., not another poli-sci or English major). The result? For many in Washington, the American dream starts with a highbrow internship that pays $4.35 an hour — then another, and maybe another.”