David Berning is an Editorial Intern at Big Think. He is currently pursuing a major in financial management and minors in both economics and philosophy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. David is a keen advocate of education and a strong proponent of creative learning.
Behind this phenomenon -- which I call internship-snobbery -- is a deep anxiety. Wary of an increasingly competitive labor market, students engage in the subconscious act of hypercritical inquiry in an attempt to “size-up” their immediate competition.