B.S. Photo Internships
It should be obvious that when your duties as a photo intern have almost nothing to do with the company’s emphasis, the internship is a bullshit call for free labor. Just in case, let’s have a little fun examining the above listing (click it to enlarge).
First, you’d be a photo intern…for a promotion company. Your boss would most likely not be a photographer, editor, or even photo-literate. Red flag.
Second, the main appeal boils down to access…to the nightclub scene. Access to subjects is sometimes hard-won, like when you’re covering a lost tribe in the Amozon, but free admission to a bar in this case costs the rights to your photos, plus tuition if you are in fact a student. Red flag.
Third, no pay. Red red red red flag.
Fourth, the application process involves Facebook. Need I say more?
Flagging shady Craigslist ads is quickly becoming a hobby of mine. If you come across something like the screen grab above, feel free to let the flags fly.