Complaint Review: Washington Media Institute - Washington DC
Washington Media Institute WMI, WashingtonMediaInstitute SCAM!!! BAIT-AND-SWITCH!!! Washington DC
Before we issue a scathing review of this "educational" program, we must first warn those reading that we are not qualified in questioning the legal merits behind this program. We also cannot read the mind of those inside this program, however we will paraphrase what we saw along side other questionable elements to what we believe is a fraudulant program from the bottom up. We believe the program is run by a money-driven charlatan who sells snake-oil to unsuspecting college students. This program offers opportunities to "top media organizations," yet engage in shameless bait-and-switch tactics and other shammy behaviors like offering internships that never existed, just to switch them for something worse. Colleges must do a better job in vetting programs like this to ensure fair and valuable return for college students, as we heard many students complain about the quality of the program.
The program is offered with a housing package, along side aids in "helping" a student get started in their internship. The total cost of this may vary, as you'll pay more or less depending on your housing situtation. The program opporates in a similar way to any poorly run think-tank, similarly to a cult, you are instucted to follow the leader. In this case the leader appears to be a charlatan, and should be heavily scrutinized for bad behavior. To quote the charlatans opening quote to the students: "You are all idiots." Which ironically showed the charlatans character by dehumanizing college students for profits. We will say, however, that the charlatan did an amazing job never expounding on his own qualifications.
Many students were given internships that could been gotten without the program. The program was mainly spent convincing students there is value, despite contrary evidence that the programs unnecessary for finding internships / will bait-and-switch if necessary. Most students do not take the bait hook line and sinker, and understand that they have been ripped off. The program doesn't offer refunds, so if a student were bait-and-switched then it's tough luck for them. One student went in looking for an awesome media internship, but ended up with very overpriced ballet lessons (no kidding). Colleges should seriously reconsider recommending this program to students.
If you are a student, parent, college, or any entity looking to give this program a shot, don't even bother. We don't expect this program to survive, as colleges will begin to wake up to the shameless tactics and boarderline illegal targetting of nieve college students. This program is where your money goes to die. Stay away.
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