Wanna Jump-Start Your Career In The Fashion Industry? That'll Be $10,000

Want to intern for Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, M Missoni, or Valentino? Who doesn't? Want to raise money for Rosie's Theater Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides arts education to New York City public school children? Of course. Do you even need to ask? Got $10,000? Um, we might have to get back to you on that.
Charity auction site Charitybuzz.com has teamed with these revered fashion houses to auction off month-long internships in their head offices in New York City. While we applaud their concern for arts funding — lack of resources for arts education is a pressing concern facing school districts across the nation, including New York City — we wish they would have chosen a more traditional method of raising money, like auctioning luxury items, tickets to exclusive events, or meals at posh eateries.
Advertisement
On the heels of the former Hearst intern's lawsuit, the fact that the fashion industry is propped up by the unpaid labor of interns has been the source of much controversy. The unintended result of unpaid internships is that only hopefuls who can afford to work without pay — due to family money or, in many cases, second, third, and even fourth jobs — gain the crucial experience necessary to break into the fashion industry. Aside from clearly catering to the .0001%, offering an internship for a cool $10,000 defeats the purpose of providing a mutually beneficial experience. Even the most amazing internship on earth isn't worth that much out of pocket, and certainly not for only a month's worth of training! (Charitybuzz)
charitybuzz
Image via Charitybuzz
Advertisement

More from Work & Money

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.