The first time I took an internship at a local real estate company was in September 2013.
At the time, I was still in my first year of law school, so it was still very new to me.
The company’s president, Scott, was an older and more experienced lawyer, but he was also a big guy who knew a lot about real estate.
“You know, he’s a real-estate nerd,” I said.
Scott didn’t even say hello, but his smile and his enthusiasm made up for it.
We had lunch, and he told me he loved what he did, and I could use his experience to help my classmates.
“I really think it will make a difference,” he said.
It didn’t last long.
The internship ended shortly after I finished, and Scott soon left.
After a couple of months of back-and-forth emails and phone calls, I started to wonder what Scott was going to do with his newfound wealth.
Scott, who didn’t return my calls, didn’t answer the phone when I called him in late November.
When I did, he told the voicemail, “It’s good to be here.”
I kept calling, but didn’t get a response.
After about a week, I called again, and this time I heard, “I don’t have an answer yet.”
I then hung up.
It wasn’t long before Scott, at work in a building across the street from the office, came back to the phone to tell me that he’d been told I’d been offered a job at his company.
He said he’d have to meet me at a location to discuss it, and the next day he told a different friend at the company that he was taking a “short break” to spend time with his family.
I hadn’t spoken to Scott since October, but I had heard from other students who’d been asked to join the company as interns.
It was the kind of thing that might happen to anyone.
Internships are an easy way to make money, but for some students, it can be hard to find a job, and it’s particularly hard for people of color.
According to a 2015 report from the National Employment Law Project, internships are disproportionately held by people of colour.
“There are about 2.8 million white people on student debt,” said NELP executive director J. David Cox.
“For white people, it’s about a quarter of the population.
And that’s a lot of people.
But for people who are Black or Latino or Indigenous or Pacific Islander, it actually increases the likelihood that they will not be able to make it.
And the number of Black students on campus is much higher than that.”
Scott told me that his company had no intention of paying out the money he’d earned on his internship.
But the internship was so important to him that he decided to put in a little extra work to make sure he’d be able keep doing it, he said, and that’s when he started feeling the pressure.
“If I wasn’t able to do it, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to be in that position, I guess,” he told HuffPost.
“And I wasn