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of aggregate treatment here. Mark’s and Hudson’s testimony now provides a stark example of those contrasts.
Exhibit A. On one hand, Hudson claims that his internship was entirely worthless. Asked whether he learned anything at all, he responded, “I learned not to take an unpaid internship. That’s maybe the biggest life lesson.” Hudson Dep. at 84:18-20. Hudson, who interned remotely from his home in St. Louis, Missouri, and never set foot in Gawker’s New York offices, testified that he received little feedback on his written work; that he merely used skills he already had, rather than developing new ones; and that he became “frustrated by how unresponsive . . . my editor was and how little sort of actual training and education was involved.”
. 92:22-24. Mark, by contrast, interned on-site in New York, and acknowledged repeatedly that the internship taught him valuable skills and contributed to his personal growth. Where Hudson claimed to have had no meaningful feedback, Mark testified that his Gawker supervisor helped him tighten his writing much as his college professor had. Mark Dep. 76:20-77:12. In a paper for his college advisor reporting on the internship, he wrote, “I've been learning more about my craft, as well as what I'm capable of[,] than I've ever learned in a classroom.” He adopted that statement in his deposition.
. 91:10-93:22. He went on to describe how much more helpful the Gawker internship was than prior internships, because “I produced stuff and I kind of proven [sic] to myself that I was capable of doing these multiple stories and working at the speed and working in a work environment like Kotaku, and I appreciated the fact that I had that experience, I learned that about myself.”
. His college advisor, reacting to the paper, wrote that “You are gaining very valuable experience and increasing your skill set,” and “It sounds as though you are building confidence and learning deeply about yourself.” Mark agreed.
. 95:14-97:3. To this day, he testified, he considers his Gawker supervisor a “mentor.”
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