If you’ve been keeping an eye out at Lincoln Center or Milk Studios for those Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, expecting to see giant signs protesting unpaid internships, you’re going to have to pay much closer attention: The OWS protesters are going for subtle this season.
Standing in the cold waiting for the doors to open at last night’s Kenneth Cole show, myself and other show-goers were approached by a few people holding giant shopping bags. “Free sample?” they asked each of us, handing out the small box pictured at left inside a small sheer bag. The box just read “p.y.i.”
Frankly, I was expecting lame pantyhose or maybe chapstick or something when I opened the box. Instead, there was a pin that read “Pay Your Interns” and some folded up literature about why unpaid internships are wrong and how you can get involved in the movement.
One of the ways you can show support for the movement (besides sporting the pin) is by tweeting using the hashtags #payinterns, #devilpaysnada. You can also email them to find out about your rights as an intern, and to learn about the Intern Labor Rights meetings, which happen weekly in New York.
We have to admit, it’s a great tactic–fashion people love free swag after all. But we’re not sure we see fashion journalists tweeting out something with the hashtag “#devilpaysnada.”