“Internships” and “volunteer opportunities” that are actually full time jobs:
From today’s FILM CAREERS email, from Columbia:
INTERNSHIP for credit / or Volunteer For Experience and Resume building (not for credit)
We would like an aspiring journalist, critic, or academic writer who is familiar with LGBTQIA and queer art and is looking for the experience of managing a publication.
The position would required no more than 8 hours a month, two hours a week fulfilling the following duties.
Go Over the Rainbow: A Kaleidoscope of Queer Arts Review Online
Visit http://goovertherainbow.com/join-us to learn more about our mission and to view all open positions.
Generate story leads and assign some articles
Recruit new writers NYC, LA, and Chicago
Arrange and/or Attend Press Screenings
Manage editorial calendar
Comb and copyedit articles for typos, grammatical error, and some content
Correspond with Publicity Managers, Distributors, Artists, and Bloggers
Report to Editor-in-Chief for monthly assignments
Editing and Proofreading
English Language and Grammatical Proficiency
Strong Written and Verbal Communication
Online or Print Publication Knowledge
Microsoft Word and/or other Word Processing Applications
Familiarity or Willingness to Learn Basic Use of a Content Management System (Joomla, WordPress, Moveabletype)
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop (not required)
Generate story leads and assign some articles? Recruit new writers NYC, LA, and Chicago? Arrange and/or Attend Press Screenings? Manage editorial calendar?
Comb and copyedit articles for typos, grammatical error, and some content?
Correspond with Publicity Managers, Distributors, Artists, and Bloggers?
Report to Editor-in-Chief for monthly assignments?
Are you fucking kidding me? That is a full-time magazine editor position that they are not willing pay anyone to do! If they aren’t going to pay the editor, who are they going to pay?
Wait, I’m sorry. What is the job of the Editor-in-Chief? Well, what does Wikipedia say…
So this is basically the Editor-in-Chief position, with no pay, and the poor schmuck still has to report to an Editor-in-Chief. He or she doesn’t even get the benefit of being called Editor-in-Chief?
Also, note the word “aspiring” in the opening line. Is there anyone in the world who has that breadth of knowledge, skill, and experience who is still considered to be “aspiring?” Are any of those people willing to do any of those tasks for FREE?
Go fuck yourselves.
After having vented about this to our friend, Joe Griffin, ol’ Joe sent me this Craigslist listing:
We are a video production company located downtown Chicago looking for an intern to help us out from January 2012 through April.
Internships are the best way to get started in the film and video field, and SolidLine Media’s internship program is a hands on experience that will get you ready to jump start your career. At SolidLine Media you won’t be answering phones and getting coffee; you will be a member of our team working on location, learning how a high end production company works, working with clients, and traveling around the world to get the job done right.
SolidLine Media creates high end promotional, corporate, and training videos that have won countless awards. We’ve shot on three different continents (not to mention almost every state in the US), and have been expanding steadily over the last decade. With high profile clients like John Deere and DHL, SolidLine Media has become an international production company based right in the heart of Chicago.
With the SolidLine Media internship program you could be flying to New York to do an interview one week, driving out to Denver on the SolidLine truck to get B-roll the next, and helping edit it all together after that. On set you will be a full participant helping set up lights, creating shots, and making perfect images to match the client’s content. When in the office you can learn how to edit in our Avid editing suites, watch motion graphics and 3D animation development in our Art Department, and just get a big picture understanding of how the projects move from an idea on paper to a full video being seen by the world.
With all of these opportunities there does come responsibility. SolidLine runs three four month internship programs a year and if you are hired you are expected to be a full time member. Whether you enrolled for college credit or not, the team is going to be counting on you to be available for shoots, travel, and participation in the full film making process. Even though there is no pay, SolidLine will make sure you walk away from the four months with the knowledge and experience to make you stand out from the crowd.
If interested please respond via craigslist so we can schedule an interview. Include a cover letter and resume with the e-mail please.
A four month, full-time position that will definitely include travel across the country and possibly across the world deserves compensation, especially when it’s in an industry as demanding as the film industry.
Will Solidline cover travel expenses, or is the intern expected to cover those?
Damn-it, I’m pissed off.
Does anyone know if there are labor laws that prohibit this bullshit? I’d love to apply and demand proper compensation.
Is this as awful as I make it sound, or am I missing something?