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Harper's Magazine Gets Flack for Full-Time, Unpaid Internships Amidst New Dept. of Labor Rules


– 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.


















ONTD, have you ever been a hostage to unpaid internships?

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Tags: books / authors, politics, theft, viral
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