The Netflix internship program has been a boon for some writers.
But for others, the program has proved a nightmare.
“It’s a lot like going to college.
You have to have a degree,” says the New York Times’ Matt Viser.
“But if you don’t have one, you can’t do it.”
The program, which is meant to fill a niche in the bookkeeping industry, has become a nightmare for many writers, who are unable to get jobs or even secure a job interview with major publishing houses.
In a report on the industry for The Atlantic, the magazine’s writers say they’ve received hundreds of resumes from publishers that have offered them jobs as interns, but the only ones they’ve found are for “sprinting jobs” that don’t require them to read or edit.
According to the report, a recent survey by the New America Foundation found that just 11 percent of job openings advertised for “literary professionals” were actually filled, and only 10 percent of those positions were offered in a way that required the hiring of “literaries.”
The New York Post reported that many of the most popular writers in the country are under the age of 30, and that their job opportunities have been slim.
“When I was a kid, there was a time when you didn’t know if you were going to be a writer or not,” says novelist Robert McCammon, who has a master’s degree in fiction from Columbia University and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
“You didn’t really know what the future was going to hold.”
In addition to being out of work, the young writers have had to deal with the stigma of having a job, which has left them feeling like outsiders and marginalized in the industry.
In an article for the Atlantic, Viser and his colleagues write, “Many writers who get offered jobs on the Netflix internship are left feeling isolated and unheard.”
The report also notes that while Netflix has created a career path for many of its interns, the experience has not gone smoothly.
“A majority of interns report feeling like they are left out of the process,” the report says.
The program’s “rewards” include $1,000 per month to take classes online, a hotel stay and a $10,000 stipend that includes a $2,000 internship stipend.
However, the authors of the Atlantic report say they’re still not convinced that these incentives are worth the costs for the young people.
“Many of these writers are so young, they don’t understand how it works, or they don.
They have no idea how to work with the system to get into these jobs,” Viser told the publication.
“They are still being put through this, and they are still doing it in a very, very small pool of talent.”
A spokesperson for Netflix declined to comment on the report.