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MGF, Master Grumble Framer
So, I've had a few college students come in and ask if we do internships at the shop.
It's just my husband and I that work here and only occasionally (1 or 2 times a year) do we feel like we could use an extra hand.

Has anyone had any experience with this?
How does something like that work?
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SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I had our shop in a college town and was often approached about internships. I was really uncomfortable having an unexperienced college student learn on my customer's work.

And then there is the question of insurance........if they get hurt, you would be liable. they wouldn't be covered by workers' compensation unless they were a paid employee.


PFG, Picture Framing God
I had one, once.

Make sure you have insurance to cover them...other than that.... its not a different experience than hiring someone as far as there are good ones...and bad ones...and worse ones.

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SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
If you have any interest in doing this contact the college since they have formal programs in place. The school should be providing all liability coverage for the program. This would be fine if you are framing for the gallery but don't use them for customer's work.


SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
My late partner Kim used to have interns from a small local college - they used to mostly sit and watch her while she worked on her photographic restorations, retouching and airbrushing. Oddly enough, of the 4 or 5 interns that she had in the mid eighties, two are professional photographers now and still in contact with me through Facebook.


WOW Framer
We've had several work study students from a local college.
As with anyone you hire, it's a bit of a carpshoot, but all in
all, it worked out well. The nice thing is, the work study program
pays half their wages. One girl stayed all four years of school
and is now a dear friend. Two others were only here for a short
time, but were so wonderful that we pined greatly when they left.
I'm happy to be writing them on Facebook, but I really wish they
could still be here. Fast fitters, with an eye for detail and such
good attitudes.

One boy, though, was a walking train wreck. Sweetest guy, and
he had the best attitude, but was just not of this earth. He was
a 'head in the clouds' computer geek, incredibly bright, but couldn't
'see' what he was doing. I'm the soul of patience when teaching
someone, but he just could not get the hang of it. Eventually, even
I was beginning to wish him gone. Liked him as a person, but
he was dead weight in the shop. Just then, we found out he wasn't
qualified for work study after all, so problem solved.

It seems to me that no matter what you do, you want to make
sure they're covered by something like L&I for if they were to
get injured. If you do try it, I'm interested in hearing later what you
thought of it.


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
I am gun shy on this still. We had a student we brought out and put up and that was the worst thing I had done. She had her own thing she was after to get done and when I would show her how to do things she would do them her own way and screrw them up. Luck for me I did not have her do any art.

Would I do it agian, well I may but not for a while and also to go through a long interview process.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Been there, done that and never again.

If I was perfectly honest I would have to say that having someone else in my shop feels a bit like sharing my toothbrush so I am just resigned to staying a one-man band.