Blur Studio Looks for Unpaid Interns

I saw this yesterday:

I have pretty strong feelings about unpaid Internships. I think most unpaid internships are either illegal or borderline illegal. The government’s position on this is pretty clear, there are strict criteria for being a proper internship:

  1. The training is similar to that which is given in a vocational school.
  2. The training is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. You receive some benefit from the training, such as new knowledge or skills.
  4. The employer derives little, if any, benefit from the activity of the intern while he or she is being trained.
  5. Your training doesn’t take someone else’s job.
  6. Your employer isn’t promising you a job at the end of your training.
  7. You have been told that you will not be paid for your time.

The 4th point is often the one that I see abused. A internship shouldn’t displace a paid position. What’s even worse is that I’ve heard of some studios asking artists to work unpaid for a few days (or a few weeks!!!) as a ‘trial’. These offers usually go to artists fresh out of school when they are at their most vulnerable. This practice is, frankly, bullshit and illegal.  The LA Times has an article looking at Hollywood internships and a lawsuit brought against Sony by interns who worked on Black Swan.

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