Maximum PC Intern Wanted

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Trooper_One

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Among the tasks you’ll do:
• Write /contribute content (news, features, and reviews) for the magazine and website
• Build PCs/assist with running PC benchmarks
• Upload articles to the CMS/website
• Daily tasks as assigned
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All of which helps the parent company make an income. It's a shame that the position is unpaid. Someone argued that if you don't see a value in unpaid internship, then don't go to school. That's just wrong. It's the employer who are too cheap (i.e. managers trying to look good) to pay.

When I did my info tech co-op in my school, there were lots of jobs from minimum wage to as much as $25/hr. There were unpaid positions as well.

While students in other departments (e.g. Fashion Design) tolerated and accepted unpaid interships in their co-op, students in our department knew the value of our work and demand for them. All of us pretty much refused the 'unpaid internships' and only taken upon the paid positions.

This is a matter of us saying "No" to cheapies and I recommend people start putting a stop to this bullshit.

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The Mac

Suit yourself, companies will just stop offering them.

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Jacker

Pick Me! I don't wash my hands after the restroom and my fingers are always brown.

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MrHasselblad

Change it from unpaid to; paying in BitCoin

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donut

haha!

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THE_REAL_MAVERICK

For school credit, its a pretty sweet gig....if you live close. My school generally won't accept internships that aren't paid though, its just bad business.

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The Mac

Traditionally, broadcasting/Media internship have never been paid in the US. Its considered part of your education, and most communication degrees require them to some extent.

Paid Internships are usually called co-ops.

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tetris42

Well the main argument against unpaid internships is that they're discriminatory against lower income students. Students who already have to work to earn money for school might jump at the opportunity, but simply can't afford it, whereas ones from wealthier backgrounds can, thus it kind of reinforces whatever class you're born into.

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The Mac

They are not discriminatory as they apply to everyone equitably, regardless of income level.

If you cannot afford to take a nonpaying job, that's an entirely different issue.

You take an internship to learn, not make a living.

You do not get paid to go to class, this is just considered another class.

The Reality is, Internships are provided by companies as a courtesy to help students gain valuable work experience before entering the labor force.

It is a courtesy, not a right and are in no way obligated to offer one. If they are forced to pay them, they will not offer them and everyone loses. They are not going to pay for some snot nosed college puke who has zero experience.

Not much unlike volunteering.

If you do not see the value in the experience, and expect to be compensated, i would suggest you shouldn't be in school, or you should change your major. There are many that do not require internships.

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NavarWynn

LOL, unpaid internship!?! Perhaps you don't get money to pay bills, or buy gear ... or eat... but you get to hang with the legends! I'm sure they won't mind that you are living under a bridge, or haven't taken a shower in 3 months (since you couldn't pay the water bill). I'm sure they'll take mercy on you and at least pay for lunch ;)

The last internship I had paid 17.00/hr w/ a world class manufacturing firm - of course I had to do things like design parts, work shop processes (build parts), and be on the assembly floor, proving I could do the job - but of course my major isn't marketing, business, or basket weaving - so they have a vested interest in something other than free labor (since they hire >80% of their interns).

In the end, IMO a job worth doing is one worth getting paid to do.

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Insula Gilliganis

I wrote this in the comment section for podcast 209 but this is an appropriate place to restate it..

"MaximumPC should promote the Intern position as "the stepping stone to being Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo"!"

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macmooda

I would love to just have the opportunity to learn from people that know as much as you do. There is no better way to learn then to do it every day. It would be awesome to be able to ask questions, run ideas by people and everything.

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ghost316

It's great that you guys hire interns, but you should at least pay, even if it's just minimum wage... When I finishing college and did not get paid for my internship, I insist in calling this "cheap labor" jobs!

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tony2tonez

Thats the reason why i never worked as a "intern". Not saying they cant be paid or career helpful. I just always valued my time. And most of the time the "intern" get stuck doing all the work that the "employees" get paid but dont want to do. I feel "intern" is the P.C. term for "sucker".

Good luck to those who apply and gets selected.

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MiGreen

Thank you, but I would rather work with open minded people.

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Zizu

LOL UNPAID INTERNSHIP LOLOLOLOL

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Avaican

I would love this position-I have built many computers and love reading (and sometimes writing) about them. However, the only problem is that I'm 13 (and thus, cannot get college credit)

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Ghost XFX

Shouldn't that be Gordon pointing his finger at us, with a long white beard, dressed as Uncle Sam?

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btdog

What about Chris Zele? Has he left, or is he being promoted to Super Sr. Intern?

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chriszele

I'm leaving Maximum PC to be a contributing editor for PC Gamer.

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stinger608

That is awesome Chris! Congrats on the job at PC Gamer!

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chriszele

Thanks!

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CanadianJak0

Really wish there was something I could do from up North (Canada). Nothing would make me happier than to contribute to your fantastic magazine! Love computers, love the hardware, love your magazine.

PS. Jimmy, I'm glad you're still doing this stuff. Loved you and Charles on the PC team at IGN.

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jimmthang

Hey CanadianJak0,

Thanks for the kind words!

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Shuji.Yamigami

Man, why do all the cool things have to be in California...why can't they ever be in Florida...St. Augustine to be precise.

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Mikey109105

I'm right behind you on that one. NOTHING cool like this EVER happens ANYWHERE on the east coast of the USA, and when it does, we hear about it AFTER it happens! It's BS, but Cali is where the money is, or in this case isn't, since it's unpaid work, LOL! I'm in New York, specifically on Long Island, by the way.

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joel96

ooh, ooh me
I've been reading your magazine since like 2005 and I do review roundups on the forum and I would stinking move to SanFran because I need the credits to graduate! I know how to use Blender and I'm on YT and facebook all of the time. Um, are you looking for someone who's actually gotten their stuff officially published?

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GTFHercules

High school me is crying. Crying alot. Because I would have loved to be able to work alongside Gordon for free.

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Blackheart-1220

me, please me! I haven't been [PC] gaming since October because I have no money. D:

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jimmthang

Well, if you think you're a well-qualified college student who lives in the Bay Area, apply!