Saturday 24 February 2018

Trump slammed over internship auction for those with mega-rich parents

Donald Trump and his wife Melania
Donald Trump and his wife Melania

Helena Horton in New York

Donald Trump has come under fire for "only offering internships to those with rich parents", after auctioning off the chance to intern for him.

Campaigning website Graduate Fog uncovered the Trump campaign's auction for a 10-week placement, working with the presidential candidate.

The value of the placement is at $100,000 - bidding is currently at $40,000 (€36,000) with a week to go.

This placement is at the Trump Organisation, and is advertised as a "priceless opportunity" which includes "power group lunches" with the firm's department heads.

And how much time do you get with Trump himself for tens of thousands of dollars? Fifteen minutes.

The internship isn't for Trump super-fans - it's for people who want to do real campaigning work.

Their duties will include: "Assisting the primary agent with administrative and personal family responsibilities. Answering phones, running physical errands, data entry, greeting and accepting outside guests and clients. Assisting with the development and execution of charity events for The Eric Trump Foundation."

The internship will run from June 6 to August 11.

The auction is being promoted by Charity Buzz, an organisation famed for auctioning off celebrity meet-and-greets and 80pc of the funds raised go to charity - but the internships advertised on the site, which are sure to add sparkle to a CV, have been accused of entrenching privilege and being out of the reach of those without mega-rich parents.

Irish Independent

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