This was the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. Anyone with half a brain, maybe even less than half, call it two-fifths, is happy to get an internship simply to get their foot in the door. Does it require one to work on unfun, seemingly menial tasks? Yes. That’s what an entry level job is. You start at the bottom and work your way up. Here at LwC, we pay the interns. But we grossly abuse them. It’s in their contract so it’s legal.
One intern was mainly concerned with how unfair the dress code was. It disturbed her so greatly in fact, that she decided to take her issue to management. She recruited many of her entitled friends to do the same.
Guess which interns no longer have internships?
I spoke with my manager about being allowed some leeway under the dress code and was told this was not possible, despite the other person being allowed to do it. I soon found out that many of the other interns felt the same way, and the ones who asked their managers about it were told the same thing as me. We decided to write a proposal stating why we should be allowed someone leeway under the dress code. We accompanied the proposal with a petition, signed by all of the interns (except for one who declined to sign it) and gave it to our managers to consider. Our proposal requested that we also be allowed to wear running shoes and non leather flats, as well as sandals (not flip-flops though) and other non-dress shoes that would fit under a more business casual dress code. It was mostly about the footwear, but we also incorporated a request that we not have to wear suits and/or blazers in favor of a more casual, but still professional dress code. The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.
Here’s the best part, at least for those of us laughing at her…
The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. You can’t even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument.
Since this girl has set a new gold standard in lack of self awareness, she wanted advice on how to reason with them and get her internship back.
Here’s your advice…
Y’all were pretty out of line. You were interns there — basically guests for the summer. Their rules are their rules. This is like being a houseguest and presenting your host with a signed petition (!) to change their rules about cleaning up after yourself. You just don’t have the standing to do that. To be clear, that doesn’t mean that you need to suck up any and every condition of an internship. You don’t. But this wasn’t something like asking you to do unsafe work or work unreasonable hours; this was asking you to abide by what sounds like a very common and reasonable professional dress code.
If I may add to said “advice pool”: it helps if you spend more time on your actual job than petitioning what you should be allowed to wear to said job.
Also, seek counseling. You may be mentally defective. Strike that. You are mentally defective. Might I suggest your next internship take place in a padded room with rubber-corked forks?