A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this reality series about college-student interns focuses on leadership and professionalism -- the interns are expected to work hard and develop skills designed to help them succeed -- these lessons are often overshadowed by the drinking, arguing, and sexual activity that takes place in the Real World-esque house they all live in. There's also strong language (words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped, bur present) and pretty explicit sex talk (including discussion of virginity, positions, and anal sex).
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What's the story?
COLLEGE HILL: INTERNS follows 10 college students as they spend a summer interning in Chicago. Top students from all over the country, they plan to take the Windy City by storm -- but they soon discover that they have a lot to learn about working for a Fortune 500 company. During their five-week internships at companies like Toyota and McDonald's, the students must transform from a group of crazy college co-eds into mature adults who know how to dress, think and behave like professionals. A high-profile advisor is assigned to guide them, but they still manage to find time for some wild partying. The interns participate in a variety of challenges and try not to get fired after their mid-term evaluation. Meanwhile, tensions flair as the group learns to live together amidst constant bickering, drinking, romantic liaisons, and casual sexual encounters.
Is it any good?
This rather unoriginal show is a spin-off of the popular BET series College Hill. It combines Real World-like drama (though it's not quite as raunchy as that reality mainstay) with some of the competitiveness featured on The Apprentice.
The show does focus a fair amount on the importance of leadership and professionalism, stressing the idea that success only comes to those who work hard for it. But despite these important lessons, the show's strong sexual content, rough language, and frequent drinking make it a less-than-outstanding viewing choice for kids and young teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means to be "professional." How are people generally expected to behave at work? How do those expectations change depending on what kind of company you work for? Is it important to fit into the culture of your workplace? Why or why not? Families can also discuss the transition from college life to the workforce. What are some of the challenges? How do internships help students prepare for that transition?
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