The summer battle over intern compensation rages on.
The newest volley in the battle comes from magazine publisher Condé Nast. According to the Tumblr Who Pays Interns?
, the company has ended its policy of giving interns a $550 stipend for their work. That report was then picked up by Gawker
In June, two former interns sued the publisher
of Condé Nast Traveler
, The New Yorker
, and Vogue
over what they deemed to be unfair pay practices in the wake of a court victory for two unpaid interns who worked on the film "Black Swan."
Who Pays Interns?
reports that one former Condé Nast intern asked about the money she was owed for working this past spring and was told the practice of paying the stipend had been discontinued.
“Eight current and former interns at other Condé magazines tell us that they are also not receiving stipends,” the report continues.
Condé Nast’s new job listings for
intern positions make no mention of the stipend, which amounted to about $12 per day. It calls the jobs “unpaid internships.”
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As of late Monday afternoon, Condé Nast hadn’t made any public statements about the apparent policy shift, but plenty of Gawker
’s commenters debated vehemently in the comments section about the difference between internships that offer college credit to students and those that are essentially unpaid, entry-level positions.