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Conde Nast Eliminates Internship Program

1:49 PM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
Conde Nast's Vogue shows actress Sandra Bullock on the cover of the October 2013 issue. (Photo: AP Photo/Vogue,Peter Lindbergh via USA Today)
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Internship programs have proven to be a touchy subject for magazine publishing giant Condé Nast in the last few years, but that will not be the case beginning next year.

Condé Nast - one of the nation's largest magazine publishers and home to Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour - is stripping its internship program all together starting in 2014, according to Women's Wear Daily.

The discontinuation comes after two lawsuits, filed by former interns, who claimed the media company failed to pay them minimum wage at their internships in 2009 and 2010.

The former interns - Lauren Ballinger (W ) and Matthew Leib (The New Yorker) - claimed in their suit they were paid less than $1 an hour. The case is still pending.

Other media companies, such as Hearst Corporation, have faced similar scrutiny regarding internship programs - long hours and insufficient payment.

In Feb. 2012, a former Harper's Bazaar intern, Xuedan Wang, sued Hearst saying the company breached overtime and minimum wage laws.

Gawker and Fox Searchlight have also been sued for similar reasons.

All current Conde Nast interns will remain with the company through to their prearranged terms, according to WWD.

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