WEIRENS | How to Navigate the Potential Underbellies of Your Internship

Recruiting season is in full swing at Cornell. Students are signing contracts, accepting offers and getting hired in preparation for the coming summer. It’s exciting, and many students feel a sense of relief to have their summer internship lined up. It’s not particularly easy getting an internship, especially at many of the elite companies Cornell students aim for. Upon receiving an offer, many students are just so thrilled to get one at all and apprehensive about losing it, that they accept the terms of their employment at face value. 

But you can’t forget: The company, the man, he isn’t on your side. At the end of the day, many internships exist solely to get every hour of work out of you for as little pay as possible. It’s a common, unsaid practice of companies to abuse the idea of the internship being a “learning experience,” to pay their workers ridiculously low salaries. 

Many young interns go into their first few summers of work in the white collar world believing that their employers have their best interests at heart; sadly, this isn’t always the case. It’s important to be prepared and aware of the different labor laws and common practices that are relevant to you as an intern. 

Originally posted 2023-10-25 02:57:15.


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