Herded like cattle

I heard my boss on the phone today speaking to someone who needed an article proof-reading. His side of the conversation went something like this:

“Oh, I’ll give X a call… He’s got twelve interns; he will have someone who can do it for you.”

Silence, while the other person speaks.

“Don’t worry, they’ll do anything… I’ll find you a couple and send you their emails.”

Would they be as willing to help if they knew they were being herded around like cattle?

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2 Responses to “Herded like cattle”


  1. 1 Alex 04/15/2009 at 3:24 pm

    Sadly us interns probably would do anything, these employers know we need the job (even if its unpaid) and some exploit that fully. It’s a disgrace.

  2. 2 Anonymous 04/22/2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hmm… That sounds a bit like my last internship experience where a lot of my time was spent stuffing envelopes, filing and clearing up other (paid) people’s desks. One day I overheard an informal staff induction where the newly appointed campaigns assistant was told to make the most of her new job and “leave all the boring things for the interns – that’s what they’re there for”. Needless to say, the following day I was asked if I would mind clearing up an unused corner of the office. Naturally I didn’t mind since I can think of no better way to use my hard-earned degrees and, oh, since I need that reference.


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