Condé Nast is discontinuing its internship program. WWD reports that the change will go into effect next year. All current interns will remain with the company through the end of their predetermined terms.
We’re sure this has nothing to do with the fact that Condé was recently sued by two former interns. Lauren Ballinger, a former W intern, and Matthew Leib, a former intern at The New Yorker, claimed in their suit that Condé paid them less than $1 an hour while they worked for the magazines. That case is still pending.
Condé isn’t the only media company brought to court over failing to pay interns. Gawker, Fox Searchlight and Hearst have all been sued for the same reason.
The difference is that Condé has now taken the bold step of eliminating the issue completely. If you have no interns, there’s no way to get sued for not paying them.