Student - 26 juli 2017

Blog – The value of science

Leonardo Medina Santa Cruz

‘Dear Leonardo, thank you for your recent application. We appreciate your interest in our firm, our recruiting team will be in touch with you soon.’

And just like that, I never heard from them again.

Being a WUR student while looking for an internship opens no doors nor opportunities in the private sector, it would seem.

‘Dear Leonardo, we appreciate your interest in our organisation. We have reviewed your background and, unfortunately, are unable to pursue your application further.’

Even when one perfectly complies with every single requirement for the position. Who would have thought having a master in science does not pay?

The world may say it values science, but it sure as hell avoids paying for it.

‘Dear Leonardo, we have reviewed a number of qualified profiles and regret to inform you that we are unable to give you further consideration for this position.’

Or maybe, mine is just one of those non-marketable sciences lacking any plain social value. What’s the politically correct term? Oh yeah, curiosity-driven research.

And I wasn’t even asking for a job, just a mere 4-month internship.

‘Dear Leonardo, at the moment, our organisation cannot afford any paid internships, but we are more than happy to welcome you as means of complying with your required credits.’

Thank you, but no thank you. I didn’t study for 7 years only to work for free.

Although the world may say it values science, it sure as hell avoids paying for it.

Dear Leonardo, it’s not us, it’s you.

Or is it science?