Comments on: Internship Confessions: Despite Recent Labor Reform, Condé Nast Still Breaks the Rules http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2013/02/01/internship-confessions-despite-recent-labor-reform-conde-nast-still-breaks-the-rules/ The Blog of New York University Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:55:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Steven Norzan http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2013/02/01/internship-confessions-despite-recent-labor-reform-conde-nast-still-breaks-the-rules/comment-page-1/#comment-161239 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:13:59 +0000 http://nyulocal.com/?p=85579#comment-161239 Eleazar, first, I do think that this piece was entirely less than anonymous, but I’m not sure how much it matters if she’s not going to get a job offer or a high-level reference from the internship down the line.

Second, I’ve never interned in publishing, so I don’t know how much all this “personal gumption” you speak of would really work, but I’m skeptical. There’s no evidence of “hiding in the closet” in the interview, just being given a ton of menial tasks. As far as whether she should’ve quit…probably, yes, but I also don’t think anyone should do unpaid internships. (I recognize that she was technically paid $550 for hundreds of hours or work, but that rounds off to nothing.)

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By: Eleazar Melendez http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2013/02/01/internship-confessions-despite-recent-labor-reform-conde-nast-still-breaks-the-rules/comment-page-1/#comment-142819 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:35:34 +0000 http://nyulocal.com/?p=85579#comment-142819 Dear Anon Intern: As someone in the industry (I’m a reporter at The Huffington Post), I can only hope this internship will make you consider a different career choice. I’m not sure if you realize this, but your lack of initiative is astounding. You spent the better part of every week for a full semester at this magazine doing mostly nothing because… why exactly? Oh, right, because they didn’t give you a credit card and fly you to LA to do a deep character piece on Lindsay Lohan like you were expecting. So instead you hid in the closet twiddling your thumbs until they gave you something to do. Makes total sense. Media organizations are so overstaffed these days there was no Twitter acounts you could have volunteered to manage, no fact-checking you could have offered to do, no writers around on a tight deadline who might have let you make a call for them. A piece of advice, intern: next time you have a job you dislike that’s not paying you OR giving you credit, try a litle harder to make it work. Or quit. It’s that simple.

P.S. Unless I’m mistaken the only Conde Nast magazine that interviews celebrities AND has people around the world is Vogue. Given you said you were the only PT intern there last semester, this piece is awfully close to identifying you by name to those in the know.

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