Signposts of the New Gilded Age, No. 309

April 24, 2014, 5:47 pm

The Department of the Navy is advertising a summer internship as a “Student Trainee Laborer.” It is paid, admittedly, but doesn’t strike me as a particularly educational experience:

This position is that of a Student Trainee (Laborer) assigned to perform a combination of tasks requiring little or no special skill, experience or training. The work requires primarily physical effort and involves use of common hand tools and power equipment.

  • Loads and unloads heavy boxes, bulky supplies and materials to and from trucks, hand trucks and dollies.
  • Performs a multitude of ground maintenance such as maintaining and preparing lawn area, removing weeds and debris, grass, tree and shrub maintenance.
  • Moves and arranges furniture.

Luckily, your graduate education will, in fact, work as qualification:

2) Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education:
(i) A technical or vocational school;
(ii) A 2-year or 4-year college or university;
(iii) A graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or
(iv) A home-school curriculum


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