“Ha, you must be an intern!” – reflections on the condition of contemporary youth
If you are younger than 28, have studied something else than hard sciences and work in the public sector, culture or media, you are likely still to be an intern. Even if you are not, people you meet are very likely to consider you as such, since internships have become standard for these sectors in our developed economies.
While the education level of the generation currently entering the labour market has never been so high, it has paradoxically become more difficult for these young people to secure a position able to provide at least some stability and financial independence. Therefore, they are trying to take as many internships as possible and gain professional experience and contacts now necessary to find a “real” first job.