Federal Judge Outlaws Internships
Most important of all, I learned how to write a press release and my first effort for the playhouse ran verbatim in The Middletown Press. Imagine seeing something you wrote at age 15 appearing in print! It was thrilling.
That internship changed my life. It was then I decided to become a writer.
Being a gung-ho believer in internships, I was appalled when I came across the following story:
Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox
UPDATED: Fox says it is "very disappointed" after two interns who worked on "Black Swan" are granted a summary judgment win, while another intern who worked in Fox's corporate department will now be leading a class action suit.
In a ruling that is likely to be scrutinized throughout Hollywood—and maybe corporate America at large—a federal judge on Tuesday handed a couple of the interns suing Fox Searchlight a victory on summary judgment and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group.
The lawsuit was first brought in late 2011 by two interns—Alex Footman and Eric Glatt—who both worked on Fox Searchlight's "Black Swan" and claimed that the company's unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. —Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 2013
C'mon guys. If you're an intern, you're gonna get some crappy assignments. You should be glad you have a place to go every day and something to do!
It seems to me if these turkeys were unhappy working for Fox, they were free to quit and seek employment elsewhere.
Now with a nasty lawsuit all over the Internet, a potential employer would be nuts to hire them.
My Experience Working With Interns
When Peggy and I moved to Philly 21 years ago to take over Target Marketing, we hired a couple of our junior editors as unpaid interns under a Temple University study-work program.