Do you like Harper's Magazine? Do you like to read and write? Apply for our summer editorial internship, deadline April 1: https://t.co/2fVbjDv7gF— Harper's Magazine (@Harpers) March 23, 2018
– Harper's Magazine is offering positions for unpaid, full-time three to five month internships in editorial and art positions. The application deadline for the summer program is April 1st for the former and May 1st for the latter.
– Before Jan. 8th, 2018, the legality of unpaid internships hinged on six critera supplied by the US Department of Labor, the strictest among them that there be no “immediate advantage from the activities of the intern.” Like the language is sort of ambiguously shitty and it still allowed for people to employ unpaid interns but it protected a lot of instances the new rules will allow.
– After Jan. 8th, 2018, the six criteria are now seven, and it's not required that an employer fulfill all of them like before. Now they're to be judged on a case by case basis, judging from how the employer fulfills (or doesn't) with each piece of criteria. Unpaid internship labor was already happening, but this is a huge win for employers againts their workers.
– Unpaid labor is a major building block of the news, media and publishing industries. Not only is unpaid labor allowed now, but paid writers have to compete to stay employed while massive layoffs continue. Nobody wins but those at the top.
– Naturally writers got pissed and talked about their experiences with internships and the publishing industry. Also, Slate writer Nicole Cliffe is offering to reimburse whoever gets the positions because this is the state we're at.
are you fucking kidding me? pic.twitter.com/kF399B88pn— bradley babendir (@therealbradbabs) March 23, 2018
Nicole is offering to pay for your unpaid Harper's internship! Young writers, apply. Unpaid internships are a tool designed to make sure only the privileged work in publishing, so this is a superb hack https://t.co/iiamh25zHm— J. Robert Lennon (@jrobertlennon) March 24, 2018
The reality also is that Harper's internship is a giant leg up for magazine jobs (and freelance writing), and because it is that, it's a tragedy so many are excluded from it for purely financial reasons.— Michelle Dean (@michelledean) March 24, 2018
Let's make the alleged meritocracy of publishing even more meritocratic! 😈 https://t.co/XHg3a59euv
This internship is an unpaid one. Perhaps @Harpers wouldn't be publishing about class inequities if all the interns who do get in can afford to not earn anything— Priyanka Borpujari (@Pri_Borpujari) March 23, 2018
cc: @DriverWrites @eileenguo @IJNet https://t.co/3oQbZMwscp
Basically me and everyone I know who studied #magazine journalism at @Mizzou would have matched this profile. In NYC in 2000, I interned at a low-prestige custom publisher because they paid $300 per week. Context: the Harper’s mag internship is the most prestigious. https://t.co/zDW5UQMKgK— Greg Holman (@GregHolmanNL) March 24, 2018
That first sentence is true, but unpaid internships already hurt poor people. If someone wants valuable experience, should they be be expected to starve in order to get it?— Karla Renée Nemanic (@jajceglava) March 24, 2018
do you think— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 24, 2018
if I gave them money to pay the intern
could I get Harper’s to go along with it https://t.co/NmaogXznNi
tell you what: I’ll fund two of the interns, just email me when you accept your internship offer, no need to loop in Harper’s, which I do not trust at this stage of the game— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 24, 2018
(My "goal" is obviously to eventually humiliate Harper's into paying for its three month full-time (!) internships, bc Harper's is an admirable cornerstone of American arts and letters and a great start for any writer, but badly needs to pull up its socks.)— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 24, 2018
ONTD, have you ever been a hostage to unpaid internships?