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UN Internship Being Auctioned For Over $20,000 Online, Is Pay to Play OK?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 1, updated 7:59 pm -- They say a sucker is born every minute, but this takes the cake. Someone has bid over $20,000 for an unpaid six week "internship at the UN in New York City working for the UN-NGO Committee on Human Rights." Click here.

What will the UN say about a position in its "august" hall being auctioned off? This UN has put up with many conflicts of interest, for example envoy Tony Blair being paid $11 million by Kazakhstan.

By giving the first question only to UN Correspondents Association who pay $70 dues, the UN has allowed a "pay to question" system. But this?

It's on the website "CharityBuzz," to raise funds for the "RFK Young Leaders." It is a new low. Bids close May 14. Watch this site.

Update of 7:59 pm: the UN finally came back (for now) with this:

Subject: Re: Your question today
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at]
Date: Wed, May 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at]

Internships at the United Nations are not for sale and cannot be put up for auction. We are trying to find out the details of how this came about and have contacted '

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