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Internship--Or Money?

(Q.3) OUR SON IS 21 AND IN HIS SENIOR college year with a major in media. Everyone seems to have a major in media. He wants to be a sports announcer (of course) and he was lucky enough to get an internship this past summer in the local TV station. They're keeping him on part time as he finishes college, and said they will consider letting him remain an intern after graduation. All that is unpaid. He is dating a girl and would like a car, and my husband finally said, "Get a job that pays instead of more internships!" We all know it's impressive if his resume shows he won this new internship, but how long do we go along with it?

(A) THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THIS QUESTION. On one hand, staying there and networking really can open doors that would be closed to him otherwise. And in addition to possible on-air opportunities, he's making contacts that may lead him to a dream job after graduation. If you can afford to hang in there, do it and think of it as supporting him as if he was in grad school. If you can't afford that, see if he can do anything on weekends to make a few bucks to take out that girl. You shouldn't have to pay for dates or a car.

Cut New Boss Some Slack

Put Assistant At Ease--For Peace