A Brief Lesson: What Not To Do At Your Internship

Just saw this tonight and felt compelled to share it here on the AU Intern Blog. Michael Arrington, founder of the immensely influential tech blog, TechCrunch, issued an apology on the TechCrunch Web site tonight. Here’s a brief snippet:

On Monday evening I received a phone call from someone I trust who told me that one of the interns that works at TechCrunch had asked for compensation in exchange for a blog post. Specifically, this intern had allegedly asked for a Macbook Air in exchange for a post about a startup.

After an investigation we determined that the allegation was true. In fact, on at least one other occasion this intern was almost certainly given a computer in exchange for a post.

The intern in question has admitted to some of the allegations, and has denied others. We suspended this person while we were sorting through exactly what happened. When it became clear yesterday that there was no question that this person had requested, and in one case taken, compensation for a post, the intern was terminated.

Need I say more? To my fellow interns, future interns, wannabe interns, to everyone reading: don’t take a great opportunity and throw it away because of senseless mistakes!

This intern at TechCrunch clearly took his big break for granted, and it was with one of the largest and most influential technology news sites in the world. He made an incredibly stupid, not to mention unethical, mistake, and one that could’ve easily been avoided. Think before you take advantage of a good position you’ve landed. Do your job and do it well, but don’t overstep your boundaries.

Read the full post on TechCrunch for a few more details, here.