The Millennial Generation and the Dawn of the 'Eternal Intern'

Millennials, those 18-29 year olds, are on the way to becoming the most educated generation in America, says Pew Research. Conversely, Millennials are also on the way to becoming the most jobless segment of the population, with only about 41 percent of them having full-time jobs, notes Pew Research.

In fact, for the lion's share of Millennials, that old-fashioned rite of passage -- a real job -- isn't in the cards. Instead, they're feeling lucky to have internships, some of which are unpaid. A growing number of Millennials, such as University of California graduate Ani Kevork who has had seven internships, have become serial interns. So pervasive is this new trend that Kevok and her peers started a blog, The Eternal Intern.

There may be even more disappointment on the horizon for the highly educated Millennials who can't find a full-time, paid work. Some organizations are dumping their internship programs. Even if unpaid, internship programs cost money to operate, and require organizations to be alert in order to ensure that interns abide by corporate policies and practices. That is,to make sure they're not getting into trouble. The Associated Press announced that it is putting all of its internship programs on hold for at least a year. By doing that, it will save about $600,000 to $800,000 during those 12 months.

The solution for Millennials might be to follow the advice of serial entrepreneur Scott Gerber. He preaches the gospel of starting your own business and never doing another resume. Gerber might title his next book 'Never Be an Intern Again.'

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Jane Genova


Jane Genova began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [] housed at the Library of Congress.

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