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EBay auction winner to pay $30,200 for GQ internship, including makeover, designer wardrobe

EBay auction winner to pay $30,200 for GQ internship, including makeover, designer wardrobe

Talk about the high cost of breaking into publishing: The father of a college-aged son paid $30,200 (euro22,225) in a recent eBay online auction to snare a summer internship at the New York headquarters of GQ, the glossy men's fashion and lifestyle magazine.
The winner, which GQ would not identify, will be expected to put in 40-hour weeks in July at the marketing department and will get an array of perks rarely associated with college internships, including a $1,000 (euro736) designer wardrobe and two tickets to a John Legend benefit concert.
Some 85 bidders competed for 10 days in late April at online auctioneer eBay for the internship _ part of a $2 million (euro1.47 million) fundraising effort GQ launched in February, GQ spokesman Dan Scheffey said Wednesday.
Health insurance and housing are not included, no small matter in a city as expensive as New York. But two passes to a "signature" GQ event, a makeover by GQ Style Correspondent Brett Fahlgren, $1,000 (euro736) worth of clothes from Kenneth Cole, a Tumi messenger bag and two tickets to the Legend concert on Sept. 20 are part of the package.
Oh, and the intern will be featured in a GQ article, Scheffey added.
EBay also declined to name the winning bidder, and efforts by The Associated Press to reach him through the e-mail address used in the bidding were unsuccessful, although it appears from his eBay profile that he lives in New Mexico. GQ's Scheffey confirmed that the winner lives in the Southwest and told the magazine the internship is for his son.
GQ's fundraiser, part of the magazine's 50th anniversary events, will donate to five charities, including the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, A Better Chance and Justice for Children International. Conde Nast Publications' GQ has five more online auctions planned for the effort although this is the only internship.
Conde Nast, which is run by S.I. Newhouse Jr., is a unit of privately held Advance Publication Inc.
Bidding started at $500 (euro368) and besides standard eBay regulations, bidders were required to be U.S. citizens over age 18 with proof of current health insurance and no criminal record. Full-time college student? Not required. Interest in marketing a magazine? Not needed.
"This is completely unique to our efforts for the Gentlemen's Fund that was started this year," said Scheffey.
In March, the University of Wisconsin at Madison auctioned a paid eight-week advertising internship at Google Inc. Bidding started at $8,000 (euro5,888). And TeenVogue, a monthly magazine also owned by Conde Nast, is auctioning a summer internship online. Bidders have to submit fashion photos and write essays about why they want the job.
Last year, an employee on JPMorgan Co.'s asset management team auctioned a one-day job allowing the winner to shadow her at work. The proceeds were donated to the school attended by the employee's daughter. Mary Sedarat, a JPMorgan spokeswoman, said it was a one-time event.
WebMD Health Corp., a health information services provider, and entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal have auctioned short-term internship-like experiences to raise funds for charities, according to published news reports. Representatives from both companies could not be immediately reached for comment.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:51 GMT+08:00