My relationship with Anthropologie is love-hate. I love the company’s handpicked, one-of-a-kind eclectic look. I hate the fact that my loving this stuff only underscores the fact that I am in no way unique and that I have been corporate-brainwashed just like the rest of you ladies who just can’t get enough pencil skirts, ruffled tops and bird motifs. Of course I can’t afford to shop there until something goes on sale — at which point all its “whimsical charm” has worn off and the item somehow returns to looking like the junk it was modeled after.
After my latest visit, however, I think my love-hate has officially turned to hate-hate when I left even more offended than the time I saw an Ikea sticker on an item involved in a window display (proving that even Anthropologie is not stupid enough to shop at Anthropologie). There, next to the register, was a sign announcing that the retailer is currently hiring interns. Keep reading »
When Maeghan Smulders, a 24-year-old from Calgary, graduated from college last June, she had 29 job offers (yep, you read that right: twenty-nine). Did she choose the best one and start working her way up the corporate ladder? Of course not! She was convinced she could find something better, so she launched a “speed interning” campaign, working for free at 10 companies over the span of 112 days. “I really wanted to find an environment that I could really grow in,” she says, and wow, did she find it: after sorting through 18 more job offers (one from each company she interned at, and eight from companies who saw her story on the news), she took a job with Beyond The Rack, a fashion startup based in Montreal that created a new position just for her. “I really hope that this journey inspires other students to not limit themselves upon graduating,” says Smulders. “Be persistent and really search for what you want to do.” As much as I love her message, the internship blitz isn’t a realistic option for all the college students out there who are working multiple (paid) jobs and barely making it. What do you think of Smulders’ job hunting strategy? [The Star]
File this under “people sure are crazy.” On Monday, Charlie Sheen tweeted, “I’m looking to hire a #winning INTERN with #TigerBlood… we want you on #TeamSheen as our social media #TigerBloodIntern!” Sheen asked interested parties to write a 75-word essay (which, really, is that an essay?) to be considered for the gig. Forty-eight hours later, more than 74,000 people have applied.
But apparently, this whole thing may just be a publicity stunt. Shocking! Keep reading »
Not content to wait for a closet full of insane headware to be delivered, Lady Gaga wants to DIY a few. A rep for Philip Treacy, who has designed hats for everyone from Alexander McQueen to Valentino and Dior, told British Vogue that “the [internship] request came through quite a while ago.” Apparently Treacy and The Gaga “get on well and she has applied for an internship although nothing has been confirmed yet,” continued the rep. When we were fashion interns, there were coffee runs, errands in heels, and, at least in my case, an incident involving Serena Williams and quite a lot of spandex. If Treacy approves Lady Gaga’s internship application, we’re guessing she’ll get to bypass the Starbucks trips. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
Desperate for a fashion internship? Daddy ready to shell out a few dollars to help you get your foot in the door? Then get to bidding, because charitybuzz has a very special offering, all thanks to the queen of fashion. With a generous donation to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, you’ll be one of the lucky few to add an internship at Vogue to your resume, and one of the even more select few to earn an audience with Anna Wintour. Should you win the bidding war, here are the prizes coming your way: one week at Vogue, the chance to meet Anna Wintour, 2 tickets to New York’s Fashion Week, “The September Issue” DVD, and a few books, including In Vogue, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places, and The Teen Vogue Handbook. The auction ends on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 12:29:00 p.m. (EDT). After just a day on the block, the cost is already up to $1,850.00. Worth it to you? If not, you can intern for us for free! [Fashionista] Keep reading »
You’ve got five more days to pay $3,000 for a week-long internship in Donna Karan‘s PR department, get going! If that sentence sounded a little off to you, you’re not alone. Designer Donna Karan is auctioning off a short-term internship and we find that a little gross, elitist, etc. The only saving grace is the fact that the proceeds go to help out the Stephen Gaynor School, an awesome place for kids with learning difficulties. It’s not so much that the designer’s heart is in the wrong place as the fact that an opportunity that should be merit-based is being sold like a designer dress that very few can afford, and that feels icky to us. [Fashionably Independent]
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I felt a swell of pride when I heard about an intern at Grazia magazine after my own heart. This young genius, who was sent out regularly to buy fat-free lattes for the beauty department, revealed a little secret on her last day at the magazine. She had been buying them full-fat lattes all along. I can only imagine the look on their faces as they ran to the bathroom to vomit. This girl is a hero as far as I’m concerned. I hope interns of Anna Wintour types everywhere are listening because I can’t think of anything worse than being an abused intern. In fact, I have a checkered intern past of my own … [Guardian] Keep reading »
Maybe sleeping in the doorway is the best way to get your foot in the door? It worked for Bri, a blogger who was living in a Wal-Mart parking lot. A few months back, she auditioned for a reality show for aspiring advice columnists where the winner would receive an internship at Elle with their longtime advice disher, E. Jean. Too bad Bri completely bombed the audition, and, of course, blogged about it. She decided to write her sob story directly to E. Jean. Jean was so moved by her letter that she responded in her monthly column. In it, she offered Bri an internship with her! In the mag, Jean opined, “At the end of the four months, if you don’t have a job and an awesome place to live, I will become your intern.” We’re looking forward to finding out which Bri finds more unpleasant — homelessness or interning at a fashion magazine. [NY Mag] Keep reading »