Interns: always having to fetch coffees and brownies for their bosses without getting paid, and while uncomfortably dressed in skimpy lingerie too. Uh, according to Murdoch's News Corp anyway.
Sunday Style, the company's weekly fashion and beauty insert, was forced to apologise on Friday after posting a bizarre job ad for intern positions.
"We are on the hunt for fashion interns," went the magazine's advert, accompanied by a picture of a woman in lingerie posing on a bed. (Nope, not even a photocopier in sight).
The image was quickly deleted after criticism from Twitter and Instagram users, who called the ad "sexist" and "offensive".
WTF. This is extraordinarily bad. @Sunday_Style using demeaning, sexist pix while advertising for unpaid interns. pic.twitter.com/IEOtSRSvZw — Frances Mao (@francesmao) January 9, 2015
Murdoch's Sunday Style concedes "error in judgement" over Instagram ad for interns. Here's the deleted post #interns pic.twitter.com/mrekxJPL6d — Suzanne Carbone (@SuzanneCarbone) January 9, 2015
The magazine - a liftout in The Sunday Telegraph and Herald Sun with a circulation of almost 900,000 - later replaced the post with an apology for their "error in judgement".
"We made an error in judgement today with an image used in a recent Instagram post calling for interns that has since been taken down. We take our intern program seriously and apologise for any offence caused," the new post said.