Time was that unpaid editorial internships were justified (unreasonably) by publishing companies on the basis that these weren't jobs, but an extension of a student's learning. However a friend points out that an internship posting on the Masthead job board by Totem, the custom media company, takes this to a whole new level. In return for bus fare, the sweeping job description for an "editorial assistant intern" says, in part:
The role of the Editorial Assistant Intern is to help in the writing, fact-checking, proofreading, and running of the magazine, to ensure the magazine is produced to schedule and to maintain the high quality of the publication. In addition, they [sic] will contribute to both the style and content of the magazine and assist in administrative processes.