LONDON—A student in Boston University’s London Internship Program is unhappy with the work schedules of her internship, which sources confirm is the only reason why she’s in London in the first place.
“I’m just trying to live my life, man,” said Katie Smart (CAS ’14), one of many students petitioning for more lenient terms of employment while in London.
Students studying abroad are required to spend four days per week at their internship from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one day off to attend a four-hour class.
“It’s just outrageous,” said Smart, referring to the work schedule which resembles any other work schedule that any adult has to deal with.
“How am I supposed to travel and, like, do cool things?” she queried, asserting that three days is not enough time to visit another country or to have an exciting weekend. “I want to make the most of my time here.”
Despite their riveting arguments, student employers are reluctant to grant a three-day work-week.
“We’re trying to work with these students and give them flexible hours. Their internships are important, but we know that many have other supplementary interests to their work and we support that,“ said an unidentified employer. “The problem is immigration. If these students do not attend class and their internship, they could be deported,”
“Yeah, right. That can’t happen,” said Smart. “My friend said she broke UK laws and didn’t get deported. I trust her over some stupid study abroad employer. People love American students, I can’t get in trouble!”
“I’m just gonna do what I want. This is my time! I can’t spend it in a stupid office!” added Smart before boarding a train to Scotland.
At press time, a senior manager was reviewing Smart’s file for deportation.