October 31, 2007

A Sign of the Times??


So sad! Now you can pay to intern for free!! Madness.

What does everyone think of this? I mean, it's bad enough that interns (who are fabulous) can't get paid these days, and that you can't get a good magazine job without at least one good internship...and that most internships require school credit (which means you're metaphorically paying to learn at the internship)...but now...it's a prize to intern?? Even if the money goes to charity, this is a sketchy prize!

[Full disclose: I've done over 7 internships throughout my undergraduate and graduate degrees, just because of the nature of the fields I was interested in (fashion design and publishing). Also, I've supervised up to 5 interns at a time, and have hired at least a dozen over the years for various workplaces...and I love my interns (and love having them, if I'm going to be honest).]

5 comments:

Julie said...

Totally figures doesn't it? Soon no one will be able to get a job anymore unless they pay for it. I think its sketch!

Gryphon said...

I thought most internships entailed the young wannabe paying the company to work for them... in return, the YW gets invaluable experience and networking opportunities. At least, that's how it worked at Teen Vogue and Elle.

It's a brilliant move on Glenda's part to cash in on this inevitability. The job goes to the person with the most cash, which incidentally is how Plum Sykes, Anna Wintour et. al got their Blahnik'd gunboats in the Conde Nast door.

fashion theory said...

in retrospect, it's a little better than the "contests" that companies like Flare (video contest on its website) and Teen Vogue have been running in the past few years...indentured helpers winning the privilege of what the magazines should be happy to get for free...

Nicole said...

Need any interns!? Ha, yeah, its hard enough as it is trying to find an internship. You're already broke, hmmm. . .internship or dinner?

katsoul11 said...

Thanks for publishing. This is so unfortunate.