In this economic climate, it makes sense that college students and recent college graduates are less inclined to move to a metropolis and duke it out for summer internships.
According to the New York Times, more and more students of the liberal arts are choosing to spend their summers farming, often on small organic farms. These “internships” don’t pay much, but in addition to room and board, they provide students with practical skills and involvement in what many see as the “political movement of their time”—agricultural reform. It’s unclear whether these young people serve farms as much as farms serve them, since many of them lack any experience with farm work or the outdoors. Still, there is something heartening about this recession alternative to the summer internship.
Summer Internships Are Going Organic [NY Times, 5/23/09]
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