Monthly Archives: October 2011

Transience

I go to a co-op school, which means internships are an integral part of my education. Right now, I am on my second of three “co-ops,” in which I work full-time instead of taking classes. The length of these co-ops is six months, or July-December for me.

Thought most (if not all) companies that choose to hire co-ops treat us more or less like normal employees, there is still that ever-present knowledge that we are temporary. We do not get benefits, for instance. Though I work 40-50 hours a week, I am not eligible for health insurance or paid time off. I’m only there for six months, after all.

My time and expense sheets are an excel spreadsheet I fill in myself as opposed to the web-based system full-time employees have. I can’t make use of any company discounts, and my access to servers and systems is limited. It’s the latter bit that really sucks. Especially when someone calls me for help and I have to tell them “I know exactly what your problem is and how to fix it, but I can’t because I’m just an intern.”

But alas, there is a bright side. Read the rest of this entry

Why you should be my friend

And why you should talk to me while I’m at work on a Friday afternoon: Read the rest of this entry