Dishwashing Is Not an Internship

But John-Carlo Felicella, head of Vancouver Community College’s culinary arts department, said interns often have no prior restaurant experience and internships provide them with a way to find out if they’re cut out for the industry.

“Even dishwashing, it’s education,” he said. “It’s a lower-end job, but from there it stems to many other things.”

CBC News reports that a hotel in Vancouver offered unpaid internships to young people interested in a culinary career. “As a Busperson, you will take pride in the integral role you play in supporting your Food and Beverage Colleagues and ‘setting the stage’ for a truly memorable meal,” the ad read. Um, yeah, sorry but bussing tables and washing dishes is not an internship—it’s unpaid labor. And shame on Vancouver Community College for defending the unpaid internship. Dishwashing is not an education (it’s replacing a regular staff member) and since it’s a “lower-end job” it should get at least the minimum wage any job deserves. One of the few experiences I’ve had in the back of a kitchen was washing cafeteria trays at an elementary school and it was pretty grueling. It was also a job. [Thanks to Alanna for the story link.]

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