You're smart. A real mover and shaker. Breaking the glass ceiling. Oh yeah. So why be an unpaid intern when you can be an unpaid editorial assistant? The Ed2010 newsletter reports on a rare opportunity to be tied down and beaten at CosmoGIRL in the name of professional ladder-climbing:
THE DEPUTY EDITOR OF COSMOGIRL! MAGAZINE IN NEW YORK CITY IS LOOKING FOR AN INTERN TO WORK AS HER EDITORIAL ASSISTANT FROM NOW THROUGH MID-MAY. Job duties include editing one column each issue; project management; nexis-lexis and internet research for stories; phone and on-the-street interviews; idea generating; and day-to-day administrative work. Intern's name will appear on the masthead and will have the opportunity to write bylined stories. It's an AMAZING experience for anyone who wants to get his/her foot in the door in the magazine world. Looking for students who are enthusiastic about a career in magazines. As internships are unpaid, applicants MUST be able to receive academic credit for the semester (okay if it's post-graduate credit). Looking for someone who can work at least four days per week, preferably five. Email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com ASAP. Please note in subject line of email that you are applying for the Deputy Editor's intern spot.
Five unpaid days a week helping little girls lose weight and give better head? I am so there.
P.S. Just because you call it an "internship" doesn't mean it's okay.