This past November, almost a year after the rather abrupt closing of its internship program, Condé Nast disclosed that the lawsuit with the former W and New Yorker interns had finally been settled for $5.8 million. Now, the publishing giant announced it is revamping the discontinued program, and according to our friends over at Racked, Vogue's publisher is replacing unpaid internships with a paid fellowship program.
Racked writes: "It'll be a six-month, paid program that hires participants on a full-time basis, which means the fellowships probably won't be open to college students in the same way that the internships were."
Turns out, Wired magazine has had a similar program in place for awhile now. According to a former Wired fellow, "Because they pay you, there's not that requirement that everything you do be educational, so I washed dishes, I mailed a ton of things, I really did a ton of the grunt work that the office needed done because we basically were office managers along with being editorial assistants." The source also noted that Wired had a strict policy regarding the number of hours fellows were allowed to work within the six-month period. If fellows worked over a certain number of hours, they were entitled to benefits.
More to come soon …
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