College students are taking to Whisper this summer to post about their internship successes — and confessions.
As the summer internship season progresses, students are increasingly whispering, loudly, about all parts of their jobs.
The Whisper mobile app has surged in popularity over the past year as a part of the larger college confessions craze. As Whisper spokeswoman Sarah Rose Attman shares, the app “now has over 2 million users and 1.8 billion page views per month.”
A majority of users, Attman confirms, are college students.
On spec, the Whisper app is part meme, part #confessions and part PostSecret. According to The Huntington News at Boston’s Northeastern University, whispers frequently address “[f]antasies, feelings and fetishes. … While whispers are often seen as humorous, others address widespread and serious issues, like relationships, body image and social life.”
Student internship whispers are currently all the rage. The anonymous postings touch on a range of fears, side benefits, memorable experiences and stresses associated with students’ summer employment.
Among the latter: the amount and intensity of related work (“My internship is 10 times harder than school.”); inept and overbearing bosses (“My intern supervisor jokes with me about making me do pushups for my college credits.”); adjusting to work sites far from home (“I’m moving to Haiti for six months for an internship and I’m terrified.”) and navigating the fine line between the personal and the professional (“I have a crush on the office intern.”).
Others gripe about the lack of pay. As one student recently wrote with brutal honestly, “I have an unpaid internship. It’s really making me sad that I don’t get paid when I work with idiots.”
Meanwhile, a separate student whisperer confesses a work routine that may double as a fireable offense: “No one at my finance company knows I have a secret intern who does 90 percent of my work.”
More serious summer internship whispers center on ways the students’ work is helping prove their naysayers wrong — even those closest to them.
As one student anonymously shared, against the backdrop of a road sign pointing toward a place known as “Paradise,” “My parents said I would never make it in business. … I just got an internship with Ralph Lauren.”
Unfortunately, not all internship pursuits have happy endings. A separate student’s recent whisper: “One of the best in my major and still can’t land an internship for the summer … FML!!”
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