Take This Internship and Shove It by Anya Kamenetz

867 WordsJun 16, 20184 Pages
“Take This Internship and Shove It” by Anya Kamenetz is about the declining state of jobs for new college graduates or current college students. Anya Kamenetz is attempting to prove that internships, particularly unpaid internships, are part of the problem of new graduates finding employment in their field of study. Kamenetz is also trying to prove internships are harmful to the job market in general. Kamenetz describes internships as “fake jobs” and states internships cause low wages and decline in young workers being part of a union. When an employer can hire someone for free he or she is more likely to do so instead of spending company money on a paid employee. Employers get away with these practices because with an already…show more content…
Kamenetz uses an example of working as a waitress where someone will learn responsibility and how it feels to “contribute value to a larger enterprise” (Kamenetz). The main warrant of this article is that unpaid internships are destroying career opportunities for the current generation. Kamenetz thinks these two issues are connected and she uses plenty of facts to back up the speculated connection. Although, the warrant seems truthful based on the facts given, where were these facts found and are they are correct? The sources aren’t given except a website name, Vault, generic terms like newspapers and business magazines, Britain’s National Union of Journalists, and various uses of surveys. It is difficult to take these facts as absolute truth without support for them. Anya Kamenetz is currently a staff writer employed by Fast Company magazine in Brooklyn, New York and writes for Tribune Media. At the time “Take This Internship and Shove It” was written, she was employed as a column writer for Village Voice (DIYU). There is definitely a bias in this article which was discovered through research and inference. Previous articles and books written by Kamenetz show a bias on the behalf of disagreeing with how the future has been molded financially for young adults. Without even reading her book “Generation Debt: How Our Future Was Sold Out for Student Loans, Credit Cards, Bad Jobs, No Benefits, and Tax Cuts for Rich Geezers”, one can infer, by the word

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