26 Mar 2010

Pay to intern is the new unpaid intern

Internships, like jobs, do not come easy. Designer Donna Karan is auctioning off a week-long internship with her PR department for $3000. While the proceeds are going towards Stephen Gaynor School, a school for those with learning difficulties, something about the idea of that does not sit well with me. Since when did how much money you have become a hiring qualification? Donna Karan, I have to say I’m a little disappointed with your methods. Hiring for an internship is no contest especially not one involving money. It should be merit-based. Maybe I’m just bitter because I have spent my spring break applying to internships and slaving away perfecting my resumes, cover letters, and writing samples.

Well Donna Karan, I’m trying hard not to judge you, but I hope your intern winner is a disaster in your department because you’re giving your week-long internship only to someone who can afford it, but does not deserve it.

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