No, making coffee and taking out the trash don't necessarily qualify as "educational" activities.
Apparently unpaid interns are no longer willing to do the often agonizing tasks that unpaid interns are usually called upon to do, as two of them are suing the producers of "Black Swan" for their tedious intern experience whilst working on the Oscar-winning hit, according to The New York Times.
The lawsuit filed by Alex Footman and Eric Glatt claims that Fox Searchlight Pictures had the interns do menial work that should have been done by paid employees and did not provide them with the type of educational experience that labor rules require in order to exempt employers from paying interns.
Footman said his responsibilities included preparing coffee for the production office, ensuring that the coffee pot was full, taking and distributing lunch orders for the production staff, taking out the trash and cleaning the office. "The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities," he added.
These poor guys don't stand a chance, of course. But since they feel that Fox wasted their time, maybe they can be satisfied with the fact that they're now going to waste the time of some of Fox's lawyers.
And we'd just like to say that we'd gladly make coffee for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis all day long. And take out their garbage, at that.