Paid Interns Launch Chicago International Gallery of Blogs

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Internet Webpages Newspaper's (IWN) Internship Academy Summer Program pledges to support the Summer Jobs+ initiative by creating paid internships. The interns' culminating project will be the Chicago International Blog Week, a seven-day special event series that includes Chicago International Blog Awards gala and VIP reception.

Internet Webpages Newspaper, Inc. is launching the first event for the 2012 Chicago International Blog Awards, The Gallery of Blogs. The Gallery of Blogs is an interactive pop-up art gallery that will feature nominees of the Chicago International Blog Awards. The gallery will consist of 20 posters that will have the home screen of nominees' blogs. Each poster will have a QR code on the bottom right-hand corner; this will allow the public to scan the code and view the blog on their personal phone. Also, the viewer has the ability to vote on their favorite blog for the Blog Awards. This will also give the blogger the chance to get more public traffic to their blog site.

The Gallery of Blogs is a project that is being completely put together and planned by a group of paid interns. IWN hired this group of talented college students in order to provide them with a paid hands-on experience in the work force of their interest. Increasingly, unpaid interns are filing class-action lawsuits against private company employers who violate the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act. Because of this issue, IWN has made it their mission to create paid internships for qualified students who are looking for experience.

The Gallery of Blogs will be held at the IWN office, located at 9 West Washington Street Chicago, Illinois. The Gallery of Blogs will be launched in the suite, then once more submissions are added, it will be transported to a gallery location in a vacant store front in the Chicago Loop. The store front location search is currently being conducted by the interns.

The opening of the Gallery of Blogs will feature wine and cheese, as well the bloggers who are able to make the event. The entire IWN staff will also be in attendance for the event; providing VIP service for all of the guests.

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