All of us-employers, parents, schools, government agencies, and interns themselves-are complicit in the devaluing of work, the exacerbation of social inequality, and the disillusionment of young people in the workplace that are emerging as a result of the intern boom. Informal, barely studied, and little regulated, internships demand our scrutiny. We need a view of the entire sprawling system and its history, a glimpse of its curious blend of privilege and exploitation; we need to hear from interns themselves, and also from those who proffer internships, the people who sell them, the few who work to improve them, an the many who are unable to access them at all. only then can we consider ethical, legal alternatives to a system that is broken, a practice that is often poisonous.
The bulk of my learning - if I may call it such - has come within the past three months, after I became a part of the fragile body of patients who make up an AIDS hospice. Here, surrounded by teams of supportive nurses, attentive doctors, and interns, one gently comes upon his own strengths and shortcomings.
Michel duCille has been an editor of indelible integrity, decency, and a deep sense of humanity. Michel stood by me during the highlights and shadows of my life. We began our careers together as interns at 'The Miami Herald.' His photography over the years embodied the concerned journalist, which carried over to his work in management.
The combination to be on guard for is young and bored, or young and resentful. You can spot them at social gatherings, the grad students or interns who tell you about syndromes, conditions, deviances, and disorders, and they love, love, love to talk. They speak in half-sentences with a knowing smile-squint, watch you falter at the pause, and then keep talking.
The human community and individual people are more likely to hurt or undernourish children they think of as 'bodies' to be used. Cultures and people are more likely to raise children to be mere economic interns rather than fully developed humans if they see children as 'bodies' to be forced into certain economic and social molds.
In South Africa, being Chinese meant I wasn't white and I wasn't black. I trained in Baragwanath Hospital, the largest black hospital in South Africa. That was around 1976, the time of the Soweto Uprising, when police fired on children and students who were protesting. I was part of the group of interns who volunteered to treat them.
HUH? LETS SEE WERE TO BEGIN KNOCK KNOCK A BALL SAC FOR YOUR CHIN I BE FUCKING THEM BUSINESS HOES FROM THEM INTERNS UP TO THE PRESIDENTS WIFE NOW SHELLY AIN'T FAMOUS BUT I STILL PUT'EM IN J, I DON'T GIVE A FUCK BUT CLYDE WALKED IN HIS JAW DROPPED DOWN ACT LIKE HE NEVER SEEN THE BUTT CHEEKS OF A CLOWN I HAD THE SECRETARY ON THE TOP OF THE DESK ASS HOLE NAKED, I WAS IN THE CIGAR CHEST SMOKING UP BLUNTS WITH THE JANITOR FUCKED ALL THEM HOES THAT ASK MY MANAGER BUSINESS WOMEN IN EXECUTIVE HALLS LET YOUR HEAD DOWN AN TONGUE SLAP MY BALLS SOME OF THEM BITCHES ARE A LITTLE BIT OLD DUSTY ASS NEDEN WITH A LOOPY FOAM LIKE THIS ONE CHICK I FUCKED IN THE DARK I HAD THE BITCH MOANING LIKE A HAPPY ASS RETARD WE FINISHED TURN ON THE LIGHTS IT WAS HORRID OH SHIT SHARON OZBOURN!
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