In our post last week about all the big changes at Racked, one of the people we mentioned was Laura Gurfein. The former Racked intern has moved up to regular freelancer. As she completes her final semester at NYU, she is also now interning for Elle.
So who better than Gurfein to update us on the impact at NYU of Condé Nast’s recent decision to end its storied internship program. There has been a lot of ink devoted to the legal motivations for the decision, but not so much about how it affects innocent J-school bystanders:
“This is a huge disappointment [for our students]”, said Meryl Gordon, the director of the magazine writing program for graduate students at New York University’s journalism school. She estimated that approximately 50 graduate journalism students intern with Condé Nast each year. “And I also think it’s a loss to Condé Nast, because they’re able to get the first crack at some of our most talented students.”
Allison Leopold, an assistant professor of journalism at FIT and former editor at Condé Nast publications like Vogue and Teen Vogue, expressed similar regrets. “Speaking on behalf of my students, this is a loss of a tremendous program,” she said. “My students are broken-hearted, and I’m upset for them.”
For her artticle, Gurfein also gathered the thoughts of a student who recently interned at Conde. Read her full report here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cond&ecaute; Nast to Stop Internship Program