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“I would do it all over again. I just really couldn’t watch them do that to more people. It’ll be worth it in the long run.”
If your dream job involves writing all day and going to fun events, our editorial internship is the one for you!
What do you do when you’re sued by two former interns claiming they were paid (well) below minimum wage? You might be tempted to answer ‘pay them’, which does indeed sound like the logical solution. But Condé Nast has come up with an interesting alternative to the conferring of actual dollars: Just discontinue their entire internship program.
This Thursday, Journalist Charlie Rose and his production team agreed to pay $250,000 in unpaid wages to former interns in order to settle a class-action suit they had filed against him. Could this mean that Hearst will be forced to do the same in the suit former intern Diana Wang brought against the company? And could this be the beginning of the end of unpaid internships?
Long before he was the toast of the downtown fashion scene (well, ok, not that long before — he is only 28), Alexander Wang was just a lowly intern in the Vogue fashion closet, cutting his teeth hauling garment bags and meticulously noting incoming samples just like the rest of us.
Last night, Zac Posen became the luckiest boy in the world when he made a winning bid on an internship with Martha Stewart, who is just our favorite person in the world. The designer ponied up $3,500 to spend six weeks learning from the domestic diva at a charity gala benefiting The Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital. It’s a generous donation to a worthy organization, and we’re excited to see what Posen will learn.
Alexander Wang asked his interns to doodle mindlessly on pieces of white paper for ten minutes. Then he turned those doodles into a print and used it in his spring 2011 collection. That’s gotta be like the coolest internship program in the fashion industry.
Calling all fellow fashion followers! Styleite is currently hiring editorial interns for the Fall season.
Let’s face it. Getting an internship at one of the big names in fashion takes connections. Like it or not, only half of what matters is one’s drive. Most of what gets your foot in the sliding doors of Hearst or Conde or any major label is whose Hampton’s house your parents’ house is near. And that takes money. Money that some of the most driven, intelligent, and fashionable potential interns don’t have.