This is a bit of a long one.
I'm a second year English student who has been looking for internships to help me build a career in journalism. I found an intern position as an Editorial Assistant with a small women's magazine for the summer, and so applied with my CV, cover letter and links to previous published works.
I got to the second stage where I was asked to write an article for their April edition as a way to assess whether I was good enough for the position. I wrote my article, but whilst I was researching the company to see what their style was, I noticed they made a few campaign videos. These videos were really badly done, just texts on gaudy coloured backgrounds with terrible royalty free music. I have a successful YouTube channel which I work on in my spare time, and so am pretty capable with video editing, though no where near professional level. I decided that I would give reworking one of their videos a go, to attach alongside my article so as to demonstrate my ability to take on different kinds of projects and generally be a valuable intern and asset to them. I introduced the video with this:
In addition to my interest in journalism I have successful experience in social media, particularly video formats and so decided to rework your video for the 'You Are Beautiful' campaign. I wanted to demonstrate my ability to work successfully across multiple mediums and found the 'You Are Beautiful' campaign inspiring. I have uploaded an unlisted sample of the video to YouTube.
So I sent off my article and video, which was clearly labelled as a sample video unlisted on YouTube. The reply I got was this:
'We have looked at your article and very impressed with your video which we will use for the project.'. They also offered an interview in three days time which I am unable to make.
I was a bit taken aback as there was no feedback on the article, and was slightly put out that they assumed they could use the video without offering me a position. My next step was to reply asking to rearrange the interview, but I also asked for feedback on the article, as that was the main part of the application and the reason I would be interning with them. The reply I received from them ignored my request for feedback and just asked for a link to the video, as I privated it after the first email they sent me regarding using it.
So this is where I am now. I am unsure of what step to take next. I am unwilling to just allow them to use the video, firstly because it was a sample of an extra skill I have, and secondly: they have not offered me a position of Editorial Assistant intern, so I do not want to give them free work.
I am just an amateur so I am unsure of whether I should request payment, and if I should, how much? And would also like to know your opinions regarding the company, do you feel they are behaving appropriately?
Thank you for any help you can offer!
Company publishing my work before offering me position
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