Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Talal Alhumaid0
Condé Nast scrap intern programmeMagazine publisher Condé Nast has ended their internship program after two former interns claimed they were not being paid the minimum wage.
Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, former interns at W magazine and The New Yorker, sued the publisher, alleging that it violated federal and state labour laws.
Ballinger complained that she was being paid $12 (£7) per day for 12-hour shifts.
One LCC publishing student told ALN: “If you’re doing an internship like that, maybe you should just quit.”
They added: “It sucks. There’s no point where an intern should be working 12 hours a day, any day of the week, for no money. But realistically, they should have known that this was not a very good place to be.”
Condé Nast publishes a number of international versions of their US magazines, including Glamour, which claims to be Britain’s most popular magazine, as well as Vanity Fair and Vogue.
The termination of the programme could result in less students having a chance to gain experience in their field and to network with valuable contacts.
“There are a lot of other beneficial internships that develop into good-working relationships,” said the LCC student who wished to remain anonymous. “Independent publishers also provide internships; I don’t know if this [Condé Nast ending their internship programme] is going to cause any problems.”
In the increasingly competitive media industry, many graduates say that internships are a useful tool for gaining hands-on experience.
However recent debates have drawn attention to the challenges of being able to afford day-to-day living costs while receiving little or no pay.
Condé Nast has not yet explained their decision to end their programme, but have denied any violations of labour laws in court documents.