Is your child having a hard time breaking into the movie business? Want to do good while making sure your child has a chance to do well? Until earlier today, there was at least one option out there for even the most hapless of job seekers, albeit with parents possessed of thick wallets: The Weinstein Company has auctioned off an unpaid internship to raise money for the Boston theater where a beloved project is playing.
The auction for the three-month unpaid internship, in either New York or Los Angeles, closed today, three weeks after its July 24 start. A CharityBuzz spokesperson said seven bidders made 13 bids for the internship, but she would not release information about the winning bid (it’s non-transferrable, by the way) or how much was raised until the beneficiary had signed off. Perhaps 10 minutes before the bidding closed, the highest offer stood at $26,000.
The spokesperson said this isn’t the first time the site — which focuses on high-end, often unique experiences and products — has auctioned off an internship, including from TWC. The “value” attributed to the latest auction was $50,000, based on the site’s previous history with internship auctions. The most expensive thing the site ever auctioned was half an hour over coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook. That conversation brewed up a piping-hot $610,000 for a lucky beneficiary.
The recipient of the Weinstein largesse, by the way, is the American Repertory Theater. Not incidentally, the Boston live-theater venue is home to Harvey Weinstein‘s revamped passion project, the theatrical adaptation to the 2004 Miramax feature Finding Neverland, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. The musical adaptation, after a long and tortured gestation, just opened at the ART ahead of a planned Broadway run next year.