Unpaid internships = unethical?

I once wrote about interning for free for magazines and it seems that a Singapore website has picked up the topic for coverage albeit for companies in general.

Some feel sorry for the “Max” in question as they feel that he should at least be given a minimum stipend  as recognition of his revenue-generating efforts to the company while there’s one who reasoned that since “Max” was old enough to understand the terms and conditions before he signed on for the internship, he shouldn’t be crying foul.

Well, I personally feel that experience or boost to the resume or not, companies should at least pay the intern a minimum income. At the very least, provide him/her with the means to pay for their own meals and transport. Sure, most interns are students and are most likely to be supported financially by their parents. But there are also some who need income to travel to work.

I know this because there are times when all my money go into travelling and I have to be content with munching on $1.50 bread for a few days’ lunch. A loaf of bread can last me for at least 3 days. =x

I still remember a colleague asking me why I was eating bread all the time. She then went on to say too much bread makes a person fat. Like I have any choice. =.=

Ahem, anyways. Do you guys think interns should be paid? They’re there to learn, that’s for sure but I believe that these people also bring valuable skills to the company (i.e. excellent writing skills). I mean, if you’re going to utilise these people to write the articles in your magazine instead of freelance writers, pay them at the very least. =x

What ya think?



Cleo magazine (Singapore) looking for editorial intern

Hi guys…just going to drop a short note from a mass writers’ email I got recently. Cleo magazine is looking for an editorial intern for a minimum duration of 1 month. If you’re interested in the magazine career route, do email them for more details at cleo[at]acpmagazines.com.sg.

Good luck! =3


News ~~ Chic internship and competitions

I’ve decided to add a new NEWS section to the blog! =)

Since we get information of writing/manga competitions from all over the world from time to time, I thought it would be more convenient for our loyal readers to refer to the NEWS section where I would post details of competitions, internships etc.


I’ll leave the previous posts containing such news where they are since they would already be almost over or past the deadline. =)

Okie…here goes…

  1. Internship: Chic magazine is looking for interns! If you’re interested in interning for a Singaporean magazine that looks out for all the great shopping deals, email them at chic@immedius.com. You can check out their magazine on FACEBOOK. (thanks to cath for the heads up)
  2. Drawing competition: Wacom Anime Girl Contest
  3. Drawing competition: Extravaganza! An Illustration Showcase

If you think you have news of such things going on that you think would be useful, feel free to comment in the post! =3

Thanks in advance!


Internship = Free?

I remember a time during my university days when I was supposed to go for an internship but couldn’t make it due to personal reasons. I was thrilled to have gotten the internship with a local magazine but the position was unpaid. I didn’t mind it then but upon hearing from a close friend of mine that someone offered her a PAID internship, my enthusiasm quickly dampened.

Now, I’m not as money-faced as you are starting to think… =x

It’s just that when you have hardly enough to get by every month, every cent is important, ya know? =x Heh.

BUT! Paid or unpaid, internships should be valuable opportunities to learn the trade of writing or drawing for or handling a magazine. Writer’s Digest has a really useful article on this very topic. So have a read and really consider what you may be expected to do when interviewing for an internship. =)

Yes, to be hardworking is very commendable. But in this cold hard world, you got to know how to protect yourself ya? Work smart.

Oh and read up on the traits of a successful self publisher. You may just need the tips. =)