Intern Magazine

After all that commotion last week about D&AD’s Chairman, Dick Powell, who gave a speech at the New Designers exhibition that implied he thought graduates should work for nothing (but he cleared it up here), I stumbled across a kickstarter project for intern magazine. After reading about the aims of the magazine, I donated £20. Anyone that knows me will know that this is a sign I think it’s a really good idea – I don’t part with my money easily!

intern is a new independent print magazine focused on the intern culture of the creative industries and the bright talent that fills the often unpaid positions. Printed by the Newspaper club, it aims to be a tactile showcase for the brightest and unpaid talent (aka interns) and initiate an important debate about the culture of internships and the potential impact that will have on the future of the creative industries.

It sounds like a brilliant idea to me as the whole situation around internships seems to be an awkward one. It’s a vicious cycle – you need experience to get money but you need to have money to pay to get the experience. It used to be just the done thing back in the day but with the cost of living and student debt rising, unpaid internships are seemingly just for the rich who can afford to live. Some studios are becoming more sympathetic and offer money towards travel or lunch but not everyone can afford to do this.

I think it’s great that intern magazine is bringing the debate out into the open and I’m excited about what it could mean for the future. Kindly, the brains behind intern, Alec sent me a couple of copies of issue zero, which is just a taste of what is yet to come:

If you want to pick up a copy of the limited edition issue zero (2000 print run) for yourself, you can from:

Magma, Manchester
Village, Leeds.
O Panda Gordo, Porto.
Shimokitazawa Books, Taipei.
Super Salon, Warsaw.

If, like me, you live in the middle of nowhere and you can’t get a copy but would like one, I have 2 spare copies that I’m going to giveaway. So to get your hands on one either leave a comment below or drop me an email with your name and email address or tweet me. I’ll pick 2 names next Thursday at 9PM so you have until then (now closed)!

But most importantly, lets get Issue One on the way! Head over to kickstarter to get involved.

226 people have donated £4,809 of the £5,500 target (and I’m one of them!) and there’s still 12 days left. It’s a great project to be involved with and I’m looking forward to seeing what the intern team achieve.

What do you guys think? Have you donated to the project? Let me know!

P.s. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway – the winners are Stephanie Bonner and Matthew Zbieranowski! I hope they both enjoy Issue Zero and also it’s great news that Issue One is funded on kickstarter with still a few days to go!


  • kaitlinmcmullen

    25/07/2013 at 7:33 pm

    Reblogged this on kaitlinmcmullen and commented:
    This is exactly how I feel about internships, especially since I was in an unpaid internship a couple semesters ago. I think that the notion of free labour is absurd unless they volunteer. Cheers to the intern magazine for making it known.

  • Ric Gravina

    31/07/2013 at 9:32 am

    The trouble is there are always going to be people with parents living in London. So if you don’t take it, someone else who lives down there will because they can manage doing it for free. Thats where us northerners are at a loss. I slept on an airbed on my mates kitchen floor for 4 months, until I got offered something… Just slum it dude the experience is priceless!

    • graphiquefantastique

      01/08/2013 at 10:33 am

      Oh I know that – I’m excited to get out there and be an intern. I just don’t have the money or the kitchen floor to sleep on in London… open to offers though! ha

  • styleandinfluence

    31/07/2013 at 5:35 pm

    I have been in this situation, and unfortunately I had to give up after a year of being poorer than I have even been whilst living in London! I am 27 now and I work in Finance – it’s so dull but my blog is my creative outlet!

    Free interning is unfair, creative people should be given paid work straight away, they do in every other industry. This is a great post, thanks for sharing, I would love to get my hands on a magazine. I’m sure I can find one in London somewhere!

    • graphiquefantastique

      01/08/2013 at 10:42 am

      Sadly it’s the same for many creatives – we are pushed out of the industry because we need to eat and have a roof over our heads! My parents can’t support me and I wouldn’t even want to ask them to anyway. I’m glad you still keep creative though because I can imagine a lot lose it after feeling like a failure.

      Yeah, I feel like sometimes unpaid internships are happening because the senior creatives say ‘that’s what I had to do when I first started out’. I am all for working hard and starting at the bottom to learn but society and money situations have changed since then and shouldn’t they want to help people to not have to go through the same experience of struggling? It’s not always the case, but if a studio can afford to pay minimum wage I think they should. Thank you for commenting! I’ll enter you into the Issue Zero giveaway 🙂

  • styleandinfluence

    01/08/2013 at 12:35 pm

    I agree, I feel quite strongly on the subject. The magazine is a great way of bringing attention to the issue. I am deciding at the moment how much I want to donate! Thank you for entering me into the giveaway. Nikki

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