In light of the recent backlash against illegal internships, Ross Perlin's
book, Intern Nation
, has been met with renewed media interest.
The New York Times
recently reported that the anti-internship movement has spread to Europe, where growing numbers of interns and advocacy groups in the UK, France, Austria, Italy, and Belgium demand living wages and valuable work experience.
The words Black Swan and internship have continued to gather nation-wide conversational momentum ever since last month's landmark ruling, and the debate shows no signs of abating. In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Ross Perlin—author of Intern Nation and an expert on the new internship economy—examines the ways in which people have been organizing beyond the courtroom. All of these strategies point to the same thing: a demand for respectable working environments that benefit both the employer and the employee, standing up to a culture in which the internship has become largely synonymous with "menial work, immaturity, parental dependence and being stuck".
Read Ross Perlin's op-ed in full here.
Shirts from the OWS Arts & Labor Intern Rights group
In honor of this week's landmark court victory
, in which a judge ruled that former interns who worked on the set of Black Swan
should have been paid by Fox Searchlight for their labor, we're giving free copies of Ross Perlin's groundbreaking book, Intern Nation
, to groups organizing against unpaid internships.
As Verso Books is currently looking for a Digital Marketing Manager
, we read with interest the new Dalkey Archive 'job' ad
—everyone from the New Yorker
, the LA Times
has now weighed in, feigning surprise that people might work for no money to get into the media
. Here at Verso Books, we already have a 'Personal Assistant to the Publisher' who fulfills all of John's desired qualities: working for no pay, no complaints about working overtime or weekends, no 'weddings in Rio' to attend, let alone surfing the internet, gossiping, or taking personal phone calls. She's always happy to 'meet all key authors the Press publishes, be a liaison between the Publisher and other staff, and know what the Publisher needs or wants before he does'. Meet Lola.