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Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, M Missoni and Valentino are auctioning off unpaid internships with pre-sale estimates of $10,000. Famous brands are working in collaboration with the auction site CharityBuzz, for the purpose of
Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, M Missoni and Valentino are auctioning off unpaid internships with pre-sale estimates of $10,000.
Famous brands are working in collaboration with the auction site CharityBuzz,for the purpose of offering month-long internships to deep-pocketed bidders, with all earnings going to charity.
The most attractive work opportunity is Balenciaga's summer 2013 vacancy, with current bids reaching $1,350.
All the placements will be located in New-York. Job descriptions promise the winners experience in departments such as sales, press, merchandising or PR.
Melissa Reyes, who graduated from Marist College did an internship with Diane von Furstenberg in Manhattan last year. She told The New York Times that she often worked from 9am to 9pm, five days a week and felt she was taken advantage of. It means that four weeks in the fashion industry will be one of the most unforgiving and exhausting experiences, so it is not for those expecting an easy month.
In order to compensate one month of unpaid work, interns hired by Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, M Missoni and Valentino through the CharityBuzz auction will be given a school credit.
Laura Beth Dean, from the University of Brighton, said: “Glamorising unpaid internships and, more significantly encouraging students to pay to do it, is not helping create jobs within fashion. How about Balenciaga and co. just give money to charity themselves, without fueling this internship trade that is allowing designers to create a business without ever having to employ anyone.”
All money raised from the auction will go to an organization dedicated to arts education: Rosie's Theater Kids. It is not the first time unpaid fashion internships have appeared on CharityBuzz.
In 2010 one bidder paid $42,500 to spend a week working for Anna Wintour at Vogue, and all the money went to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
The internships are open to students aged 18 and over, who are enrolled at accredited colleges and universities. The winners will be announced next Tuesday.