It’s been a while (or maybe I haven’t been watching closely enough) but Brazil’s brightest have come up with yet another great advancement in workers’ rights: Now internships are required to provide a 30 day vacation. Oh, and there are also a bunch of other requirements included in the bill, like the need for a ‘educational coordinator’ to oversee the intern (including status reports!) and a 10% quota for the handicaped.
My first job in the IT world was as an intern in a big multi-national company. I worked at least 8 hours a day, there was no real connection between my studies and the work I was doing, and for the 2 years I worked there I didn’t take one day off. Of course the company benefited from my cheap labor but at the same time I was learning some invaluable skills that no University can teach you. That internship helped me a great deal to kick start my career.
I wonder if these big multi-national companies will still hire young inexperienced people when they are forced to comply with so many stupid restrictions. But I guess stupid socialist bureaucrats will never learn.