That’s part of the reason why a Facebook post from the Foundation’s editor-at-large, Jessica Bennett, seeking an unpaid intern, raised lots of eyebrows this week. By Thursday, the foundation had to publicly address the matter and “share the facts.”
Bennett’s initial post read:
Wanted: Lean In editorial intern, to work with our editor (me) in New York. Part-time, unpaid, must be HIGHLY organized with editorial and social chops and able to commit to a regular schedule through the end of the year. Design and web skills a plus! HIT ME UP! Start date ASAP.
The comments on the post that aren’t angry are mostly mocking, though a handful do support unpaid internships.
Here’s what commenter Andrew Langille said:
On behalf of the intern rights movement thanks a bunch for advertising that position. You gave us a lot of free advertising in what’s traditionally a slow news month. All the best and in the future remember to pay your interns.