NEWS IN BRIEF • News • Business • ISSUE 49•33 • Aug 13, 2013
CHICAGO—Following the departure of their spring and summer interns in Graphic Design, Writing/Research, and Business Analysis, executives at The Onion, an American multimedia news organization, reflected on how these multiple internships had turned out to be really positive experiences for their for-profit publication. “Going into the program we weren’t really sure what to expect, but by the end we realized just how much we had gotten out of it,” said Human Resource Manager Katie Pontius. Interns like Erin, Sara, and Jason reportedly provided the company with 3 to 4 full days per week of free or low-paid labor with no benefits for over the course of 3 to 5 months. “It was an invaluable opportunity for us, giving these interns a chance to work in note-taking, conducting research, gathering visual references, organizing and editing visual references for directors, image searching, assisting on photo shoots and prop run, prepping elements for photo shoots, compiling and distributing internal reports, implementing and maintaining internal process improvements, ad hoc analysis and reporting. Their ability of working independently, and their wealth of skills ranging from Final Draft, Final Cut, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, really keep our publication running. In fact, we had such great experiences, we’ve decided to keep hiring interns to conduct all facets of our business!” At press time, sources confirmed that multiple paid entry-level writers, research assistants, graphic designers and business analysts at Onion Inc. had just received pink slips.
Source: Unpaid Internships Really Great Experiences For Local Company by the Onion.