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Top Ten Things I've Learned As A Late Show Intern 5/22/2013. 10. Laugh at the jokes whether they're funny or not 9. Attention to detail is super implortant 8. Buying 100% pure grain alcohol is not as easy as it sounds
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10. Laugh at the jokes whether they're funny or not
9. Attention to detail is super implortant
8. Buying 100% pure grain alcohol is not as easy as it sounds
7. There's no better way to work for free and learn nothing about show business
6. Weekly transfusions of our youthful blood keep Dave alive
5. The camera loves me
4. It's more fun to watch television than to work in television
3. Snitches get stitches
2. After several months, you start to have feelings for the photocopier
1. I should've interned for a Jimmy
CIMA/SRMA May 23, 2013
Panelists: Kellie M. Johnson, Ryan Lee, and Alan Barnett
Kellie M. Johnson
“Budget cuts or other challenges are not an excuse to strip a position of its pay and slap the word “intern” on it. This does a disservice to the intern by lacking key mentorship and learning components, and does a disservice to the profession by devaluing our education and skills. Don’t do it. If you see it done, call it out.” Lance Stuchellhttp://newarchivist.com/2011/11/17/free-labor/
“It is always difficult to say "I would love to
volunteer, but I am also in the process of looking for full time work" - so that balance between wanting to help an organization and looking out for oneself is quite hard. I don't want to lose an opportunity to network and get some more experience and I don't want them to think that I will "work for free" forever.” - Shane E. Stephenson, Graduate UW Milwaukee Archival Studies Program
9. Did this internship include structured feedback on applied archival skills by records professionals working in the field?
36% Yes, exactly
31% I received feedback from a records professional but it was only when I asked for it
21% No, not at all
8% I received regularly scheduled feedback but it was not from a records professional
10. Were you asked to attend staff meetings?
68% No 32% Yes
15. Would you recommend this position to someone else?
59% Yes 22% Probably 9% Not Sure 6% Probably Not 3% No
16. If you stated that you might not recommend this internship, please explain your reasons. Check all that apply.
52% Inadequate training/advising (39 responses)*
*percentages do not reflect opinion of entire intern community
“Of course it is important (necessary) for students to put theory into practice, but I don't think at academic archival programs are realistic about the definition of "value," and are encouraging (at least passively) their students to lower their standards of self-worth upon entering the professional field.” MLIS student, unpaid intern
“I've been an advocate of an apprenticeship model for a long time. If I had to ditch the schooling or the free labor, I'd ditch the school without hesitation, and I don't know if we can discuss internships without taking into consideration the state of higher ed. in general, the MLIS in particular, and the perception of expertise and the value of the profession.” Maria Lin, MLIS 2013 (emphasis mine)
“. . . if a college student is paying a course fee to intern, it is the responsibility of the supervising archivist to prepare a useful internship experience or, if not at the student's institution, to pass on hosting an internship unless they are willing to make it useful. It's not fair to the student to have them pay for a lousy internship.”
– Greg Jackson, Archivist, Bryn Anthyn College
By Ryan Lee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Define the job – Job Descriptions
Provide appropriate training
Give on-going supervision
Position or job title
Description of tasks and duties
Desired skills and qualifications
Invest the necessary time
Provide written procedures or directions
Make training an on-going process
Check in regularly
Create a relationship to encourage on-going questions and feedback
Make a contribution – “give back”
Enhance resume – develop skills
Get out of the house
Satisfy court order
Passion for the work
Be a part of something
“We are only as strong a profession as our greenest members. Those most in need of experience and mentoring. Those that are the most open and willing to continue to learn. Are we willing to offer them that service?” - Jan Coco Day, MLS 2013