In the past week, news about Elle magazine’s latest intern, Brianna Karp, has caused quite a stir.
That’s because Karp is homeless and living in a trailer in California, and many think the women’s magazine and the columnist that offered her the gig, E. Jean Carroll, are exploiting Karp’s situation for their benefit.
No so, Karp tells Mediaite.com today:
“I would say that’s ridiculous. E. Jean Carroll made a kind offer to a girl down on her luck and the offer had been made for a month before anybody (including me) even noticed because Elle didn’t publicize it or make any effort to call attention to it. If the media had never gotten hold of it, it would have been between me and Elle and nobody else would have ever known. The offer was certainly not made because they expected any sort of publicity from it.”
And as for the $150 a month that Karp is earning for her one-hour per day job, she is right to point out that that’s more than other interns make at the unpaid internships that are common in magazine publishing. According to Karp, the money is a bonus for her work assisting Carroll on an upcoming book and blogging for Elle‘s Web site. Karp is also continuing to look for full-time work and writing on her own personal blog the Girls Guide to Homelessness.
Seems to us that this resourceful former assistant and talented writer is well on her way to a career as a Web celebrity. Good luck, Bri!