The shutdown of the United States government continues to make our country the laughing stalk of the entire globe. The inability of our president and congressmen to agree on certain measures of the budget is absolutely pathetic. The United States was created with compromise, and it is this very concept that eludes the seemingly incapable leaders we have elected.
This shutdown has affected several parts of our country, including tourism, employment and several necessary welfare and aid programs.
However, one group that is sliding under the radar is college students. Many college students are touched by this awful event. According to ABC News, the federal government and its many properties are shutting down several internship programs. Some students who currently intern with a government organization as a co-op may not receive credit for their time.
Most co-op and internship programs require a certain number of weeks worked before colleges will recognize the co-op for credit. As the federal government continues to bicker amongst themselves, these college students are wondering whether they will graduate on time and how they will pay for their housing in Washington D.C.
In these special cases, colleges should show leniency toward these students. It is not their fault that a bunch of grown men and women forgot what they should have learned in kindergarten: that you don’t get everything you want.
The worst part is that if these students do not complete their internship and co-op programs by the end of the semester, they will be forced to work over Christmas break or pay for housing for the following semester to finish the remaining time. That is not only unfair to interns who do not have much money in the first place, but it may also delay graduation dates by a whole semester.
The most disturbing news regarding interns affected by the government shutdown was the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain, CA.
Before the shutdown took place, interns were given a week’s notice that they may be evicted from their housing due to furloughs. According to NBC News, hundreds of interns were evicted from the dorms owned by the research center, and were forced to find places to stay in the unfamiliar San Francisco area on a limited college student’s budget.
The government shutdown needs to end because of all the havoc it is causing the country.
Although college students are not the only ones affected by this major issue, there are numerous students wondering what their future holds and how this will affect the outcome of their college educations.
This false battle over political ideology must stop. Only after giving government workers and interns the employment and funding they deserve, can we begin to search for a cure to the habitual selfish standoffs occurring in congress.