JFVollegirl27 - Thank you for your opinion. To your first point, I have to strongly disagree. Perhaps you didn't read one of my previous posts. I'll excerpt the most relevant part:
You don't need to specify on your college applications how you acquired your internship experience. Would a student that lined up an internship through his or her parents specify on their college application that they got the internship through mom or dad? I don't think so. We don't tell our participants to put Discovery Internships on their college application - we tell them to put their specific internship. After all, they're the one who successfully completed the internship; we just helped them get it. I suppose, for most high school students, the tendency is to focus on "getting in," whether to a college, an internship, a club, or whatever. But in the real world, no one really cares about whether you got into a particular school or job - they only care about what you did there.
To your second point, that is a valid concern. Educational inequity is a serious problem in the US and we are committed to leveling the playing field where we can through our philanthropy (see Scholarships : Discovery Internships
). However, I think it's largely inaccurate to state that we are "taking away those internships from deserving students from low-income backgrounds." Many companies choose to work with us because we add significant value to their internship programs, but that doesn't preclude those companies from also working with interns on an ad hoc basis. The issue here is not one of privilege so much as it is one of access and knowledge. The majority of high school students do not have the know-how, resources, time, or commitment needed to acquire an internship on their own. To that end, we're happy to help. We encourage all students to check out our internship tips and resources here: Get Our Free Internship Tips : Discovery Internships