At the end of February 2016, at an innocent Admissions Intern meeting, two representatives of our staff stated that intern positions would change starting Fall 2016. Three intern positions would exist: Division IIIs, who would lead information sessions and interview prospective students; Division IIs, who would do desk work; and tour guides. Only the first two positions would be paid. After Admissions Interns raised numerous questions and concerns, the Admissions Staff representatives said, “We’ll give your feedback to Meredith [Dean of Admissions], but this has been decided so nothing will change.”
Following the meeting, a group of Admissions Interns (including myself) got together to compile a list of grievances, highlighting how the decision was made with absolutely zero input from us. After a few meetings with Meredith, Admissions backtracked: there would still be three positions, but now all positions would be paid. Fine and dandy, but let’s go back to the part where we weren’t consulted to begin with, because that actually speaks to the environment of our office this entire year. An environment nothing short of toxic.
Our former supervisor, who also runs the reception desk, was replaced by an Admissions Staff member who has never been in charge of interns before. Communication from our supervisors and Admissions Counselors is practically non-existent. We’re told to churn out hand-written postcards that should be heartfelt, but “must go out today.” We’ve stuffed letters into envelopes and booklets into packages year round to get higher yields, something the Admissions Office is committed in doing given the the new Admissions policy. We’ve been told that the only excuse for not attending Accepted Students Day is class and no other commitments should take precedent. Yes, this is our job, and we are not trying to shirk responsibility. But we are students and we can only take so much.