The joke goes like this.

Two middle aged profeessional women stood on the car deck on the Queen of Burnaby. They had an urn that contained the ashes of their late grandmother, a woman who made fame and fortune for herself as a publisher in the newspaper business. They were carrying out her last wish by committing her ashes to the grey waters of the newly named Salish Sea.

They opened a bottle of port and poured half of it in the urn, and the rest or it into themselves. They said goodbye to their grandmother, shed a tear, then opened the back door of their vehicle and let two Irish setters onto the deck. One woman opened the trunk and produced a bag of soup bones for the dogs.

All this happened under the vigilance of a young man with a ducktail hair-do complete with Wildroot Cream Oil to keep his hair in place.

He leaned on the fender of his 1955 Ford coupe and sported a package of Export “A” cigarettes tucked into the sleeve of his T-shirt.

“Was that the grandfather?” he asked.

That guy was a recent graduate of a Graphic Design program at one of the local colleges. Unfortunately, his design portfolio looked like he was going to spend the rest of his life designing  decals for monster trucks and jerseys for roller derby contestants.

“That’s what they had me do in school,” he said. He was adding some gel to his hair which, at this point, needed a building permit. I was trying to imagine him applying his craft to a plumbing supply company as I looked at a wedding invitation that reminded me of a tattoo on an ultimate fighting champion.

“Have you thought of doing an internship?”  I asked.

Three months later, after doing an internship at a magazine, he came to my office with a brand new portfolio. There was a plumbing supply company offering a deal on washers, a roofing company that showed a cross section of a roof, and, of course, a collection of wedding invitations that  would insure that any recipient would cancel a trip to the tropics to attend.

“That’s more like it,” I said. “Get that portfolio on the web so you can start making some money”

“I don’t heed to,” he said. “They hired me at the magazine.”

Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at or at If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates When he is not doing all this he lives in Port Coquitlam with his partner Cecelia.


11 Responses to “GET AN INTERNSHIP: GET A JOB”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Mike, You are good! What a way to get a young man employed!
    But, what happened to the old ladies? Did they get their grandmother sprinkled? What about the dogs?

  2. Ira Earman Says:

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