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10 WWW.GUILFORDIAN.COM Choose your internship with care The debate moment around that heated of the revolves a subject is very relevant to any college student. This subject is the internship. Are college students really getting valuable work experience while interning or are they simply being used as cheap labor, doing the same work as the paid staff? There is a fine line between a well-meaning internship and a company that is using the concept of the internship as a ruse for what is actually cheap labor. An internship stops being an internship when the intern has the same amount of responsibility and workload as the paid staff. Once an intern has the same responsibilities as other paid workers, companies are putting a toe over this thin line. This question of exploitation of interns was debated heavily in a recent New York Times article. Many interns were outraged at what they call "exploitation" by companies that offer unpaid internships. The conflict started after interns complained of doing hours of work, which benefits the company immensely, without earning any money themselves. "These unpaid interns receive no benefits," writes Raphael Pope-Sussman, a news assistant at Law360 for The New York Times. "No legal protection against harassment or discrimination, and no job security." An internship, according to an online dictionary, is "any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession." This definition does not include the aspect most focused upon: money. "The internship is meant to be viewed as a chance to gain experience, network, get your foot in the door and apply classroom theories to real, practical, experiential learning," said Megan Corkery, coordinator of internships and career counselor. "Internships allow for people to do career exploration and see if their chosen field is really for them." Internships can be both paid and unpaid. Both can be extremely helpful for college students in terms of work experience. They are also a great addition to any resume and a way to show companies your past experience in the work place. However, when taking into consideration that many college students are heavily in debt and in need of a paying job, these types of no-pay internships seem more and more frivolous. Yes, the work experience is very valuable, but money is a necessity and not to be gained with certain internships. College students are looking for ways to not only get jobs, but to also gain experience and knowledge. It would be helpful to have more paid internships where college students can get both. The harsh reality is that more and more college students are graduating in serious debt, but companies are not willing to hire an inexperienced newbie. They would rather hire a person who already has a few things on their resume. But getting an internship doesn't necessarily mean not getting paid. There are plenty of companies that offer compensation for their interns. If money is that much of a factor, this might be the better solution. There are plenty of opportunities out there to not only gain great experience in the work field, but to also earn some money doing it. The bottom line is that college students do not have to compromise their time and money to an internship where they feel they are being treated unfairly. Money and experience can be found at the same time, through a paid internship. OPINION a handful of dishes. The kind folks at Meriwether Godsey take care to buy local meats, fruits, grains and vegetables for our meals when- and wherever they can. The Greenleaf's wares are almost Help out at the farm, promote the community garden or find new ways that the Greenleaf can become more environmentally friendly. Then there's the money issue. Budget cuts are coming, and student entirely local and fair trade, from the organizations will undoubtedly feel coffee supplier in Durham to the baked the squeeze, too. Now isn't the time goods from Spring Garden Bakery. The to create redundant organizations coffee shop dso houses the Guilford because, come next year, fiiere might Fast food is gross. Veggie Co-op, where students can not be enough funds to go around. If Trust me. I've worked for purchase seasonal veggies ^rown in we preemptively consolidate where McHeartDisease — twice — so I the Greensboro area. appropriate, hopefully we won't find know that there are no true benefits to We tell all of these things lo our ourselves spread too thin, frozen patties and bagged lettuce from prospective students on tours ami Slow Foods has taken the first step halfway across the world. Slow food in informatioi^i'ifpWphlets, and toward consolidation; the club was we remind tliem in their First Year formed through a merger of the Food Expi^fece classes. We're proud of our Justice Network and Forevergreen. acco^^fejmaents end we have every 1 think that further amalgamation is right t^^^Dur Actions show that we, possible. as an in’^tution and as individuajii. If working for an existing cause ^ comi^fe to - does not provide enough autonomy for the envtidtoiental and economic for the members of Slow Foods, then impacts w^^^4;on this earth and its the concept would be better served behind the Slow Foods movement for- ; peopl' ' ‘ - as a sub-committee under an existing quite some time and we brag abodH^ So whywe need a shiny new club. I hear the members of Cooking it to anyone who will listen. We just - label for something "that we already Club are friendly, and I'm sure they haven't had a hip label for this concept do? wouldn't mind some extra company, until now. " lean understand the desire to further Plus, more members under one Local, seasonal vegetables are prdfebte the Slow Foods ideals, but we organization equals more student always close by at the Guilford farm, already have all of these preexisting participation, a bigger voice on We have fields and a greenhouse initiatives with strikingly similar goals campus and a better chance at getting dedicated to growing veggies locally, to the Slow Foods Movement. I don't a sustainable budget from Senate, and Meriwether Godsey purchases understand creating a club to promote which will certainly come in handy for these vegetables to help feed our a concept that the college is already so the future. student population. We even have a thoroughly involved in. In short, bringing Slow Foods to Instead of creating this redundant Guilford is like bringing a bag of ice entity, individuals interested in to the tundra — entirely superfluous, local, organic and fair foods can use their manpower to support’ one of the existing green initiatives. and everything that it stands for good, clean and fair foodstuffs — is an excellent concept and one that I fully endorse. But this "new" emergence of tlie "movement" on campus via I he Slow Foods club isn't new at all. C.uiJfbrd has been practicing the princi community garden with open plots where community members can grow their own organic munchies. If you look around the caf on any given day, you'll see "local" labels on We've already got it, and it's integrated Into o^r way of life. The only thing, that's different is the brand name. This week's debate: amount at our fingertips, food has become the centerpiece of our social gatherings. However, not everyone is as fortunate as we. In fact, our fast- paced lifestyles exacerbate this food can. There are two things agree on: one, Guilford paced environment full of readings and chumed-oui papers; and two, fcx>d is a r for Guilford students. Th everything that centers ar here. Clubs entice new men promises of snacks, and ever interest potential guests b Meriwether Godsey cateri breaks always promise her .some not-so-hedthy) snacks parties are ubiquitous. It may seem outrageou Guilford students fall for the same promises every time, but it actually makes perfect sense. Food is a common denominator among us all. We need it for survival and, because we are fortunate enough to have an ample ihis student organization, along with staff from Meriwether Godsey, brings awareness of the injustice caused by the current food system directly to Guilford. The club empowers students to take part in making food healthy and enjoyable for everyone. Club meetings are opportunities for anyone - in the Guilford community to take an hour out of their busy lives and slow down while celebrating ethically produced and delicious food. These ) serve as a chance to plan ents meant to educate the in creative ways. So fer, include a community bike farm. Local Meat Week in and another opportunity 'ood together with dinner rd College farm, from its predecessor^^: Guilford is connected to a ement to create systematic student organization is 1 chapter of Slow Food supports "good, clean, i," and "which links the x)d with a commitment to ity and the environment." I see at least half of the nonies, on which Guilford represented. So, within our fast-paced, food-loving college lives, why not slow down together and take a minute or an hour to at least learn about where our food comes from and what we can do to help? As consumers, we can create change.