Multimillionaire Sheryl Sandberg wants An Unpaid Intern
Which sounds great - unless you want to work with that organization and receive a salary.
In a Facebook post (that company Sandberg happens to work for...) Lean In's editor-at-large, Jessica Bennett, asked for an intern available to work immediately and through the end of the year in unpaid internship. Although she tried to backtrack on this - screen-captures have preserved the double standard for all to see.
Sandberg personally made $91 million dollars last week in a sale of Facebook stock. However the non-profit LeanIn.org is sustained through book sales of Lean In along with donations from Sandberg herself. However book sales were at Number 1 on amazon.com for a while and Sandberg's donations should be able to help cover at least the women working on spreading her idea.
The Fair Pay Campaign has launched a protest petition asking for Sandberg to pay her interns saying, "Instead of perpetuating the unfair advantages that privilege some women at other women's expense, pay your interns so ALL kinds of women, regardless of their economic background, can take advantage of career-building opportunities like these."
This however does not remove my former critique. If Bennett is overworked and unable to complete her job and needs a volunteer/intern to help - that's fine. But I still believe if you're working on the pet project of a multimillionaire on a program to empower women you should be able to ask for the resources needed to cover the true cost of that labor - including the labor of support staff. Otherwise it reflects poorly on the entire project.