By Alden Wicker
NEW YORK (Learnvest) — Desperately seeking an internship? We have what you’re looking for, and it’s right in the city of Love, Actually.
Here’s a choice quote from the job listing:
“Any of the following will be grounds for immediate dismissal during the probationary period: coming in late or leaving early without prior permission; being unavailable at night or on the weekends; failing to meet any goals; giving unsolicited advice about how to run things; taking personal phone calls during work hours; gossiping; misusing company property, including surfing the Internet while at work; submission of poorly written materials; creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument; failing to respond to emails in a timely way; not showing an interest in other aspects of publishing beyond editorial; making repeated mistakes; violating company policies. DO NOT APPLY if you have a work history containing any of the above.”
OK, there’s nothing lovely about this job. In fact, getting paid nothing to grab coffee seems like internship gold compared with the position, which was posted Tuesday by the Dalkey Archive Press in its London office.
It looks as though Dalkey is trying to staff an entire office for free right now. (We’re not kidding, everyone from the office manager to the publicist will be unpaid interns.) So the upside is that at some point, far in the future, this might get turned into a permanent position and you’ll get paid for your work. Or you might be fired first. Yeah, probably the latter.
Think we’re exaggerating? Nope. Just check out the requirements: