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Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Olsens, & More Stars Who Work as Interns (Photos)

Lady Gaga reportedly will intern for Philip Treacy. See photos of celebs who’ve gone back to the bottom.

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Lady Gaga has conquered the fashion world, but that doesn’t mean she can’t send herself to the bottom of the professional ladder for the sake of style. The pop icon reportedly is preparing for an internship with famous milliner Philip Treacy, who designs hats for celebrities and royals—including the notorious creation Princess Beatrice wore at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And Gaga has company: from Kanye West at Fendi to Mary-Kate Olsen with Annie Leibovitz, see established stars who have worked as interns.

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Lady Gaga for Philip Treacy

From her revealing leotards to her Alexander McQueen armadillo heels, the “Edge of Glory” pop star is also always on the edge of style. Lady Gaga has already made her mark on the fashion world: She was a columnist for V magazine, where she wrote about her creative process and her analysis of the pop culture world, she walked the runway at Mugler's Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show in Paris, and she recently won the fashion icon award at the 2011 CFDA Awards. But now, the 25-year-old pop star who created the Haus of Gaga is sending herself to the bottom of the fashion food chain as an intern for Philip Treacy, the milliner to royals and style mavens all over the world. Treacy told The Guardian that Gaga “plans to” intern for him. “She's already visited me… She is young, talented and peculiar—which I like.”

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Kanye West for Fendi

Although Kanye West is often thought of as the overconfident, control-seeking “power” singer, he really is willing to get down to the nitty-gritty. In 2008, the rapper told The Daily Mirror that he wanted to take a break from music and do something “completely normal,” like intern for Louis Vuitton or avant-garde designer Raf Simons. “I was blown away from the planet when he told me,” Simons told The New York Times. “I know he’s very serious about this—I don’t take it as a joke—but how can I imagine him being my intern? It’s a very extreme situation.” Neither of those gigs came about. Kanye notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and did not, in fact, let her finish, then fled the country to hide his big head in shame and let the controversy die down. The fashion-obsessed rapper’s first stop was Japan and then he made a home for himself in Rome, where he tried out a new job. “I was interning at Fendi. Every day, going to work, walking to work, getting cappuccinos.” West told New York radio DJ Angie Martinez a year later. "I interned. Like Daniel Day-Lewis, when he's not acting, he's working on shoes or something, just supernormal, everyday things.”

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Ashley Olsen for Zac Posen

Together with her twin sister, the slightly elder half of the former Full House duo went to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004, and the twins scored quite the impressive internships. "They're having a chance to explore things that interest them that they never had a chance to do. It's an opportunity for both of them to learn from the best," their rep told MTV News. Though she already had her own fashion line and was sitting front row at Bryant Park during Fashion Week, Ashley put herself with the plebes for an internship with designer Zac Posen. “She came in person and knocked on the door to get her internship, which is four steps farther than most interns go,” Posen told People. “She had that drive and that’s what makes someone special ... she definitely learned perfectionism and elegance!”

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Mary-Kate Olsen for Annie Leibovitz

While the elder Olsen twin was working with what’s typically seen in front of the camera, Mary-Kate was working behind the scenes with A-list celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. How many people can say they both interned for Leibovitz and were shot by her? The photographer did the sisters’ Got Milk? Campaign. But apparently, according to Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer, via The Telegraph, she didn’t do a very good job. “I happen to know one of Mary-Kate’s fellow interns and he informed me that she didn’t know what a negative was, and that when she attended a Sarah Jessica Parker shoot, she only stayed for an hour and all she did was sit and smoke Marlboro Reds. Apparently, she not only left the photo assistants dumbfounded, but also Ms. Parker, who muttered: ‘What the hell is an Olsen twin doing here?’” It’s not easy being an Olsen.

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Sean Avery at Vogue

Canadian-born NHL athlete Sean Avery was “a self-confessed clotheshorse who has been known to give girlfriends advice on how to dress,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. Apparently, that was enough to earn the 28-year-old athlete an internship at Vogue. He wrote a letter to Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour expressing his desire to work there in the summer of 2008, and the rest is sports-fashion-crossover history. A spokesman claimed that he’d be expected to do “traditional assistant-like tasks—making copies and messengering couture gowns, for instance” and he also made minimum wage. But unlike most interns, Avery headed to the Paris couture shows as part of the Vogue team in June 2009. “It looks like I’m going to all of them,” he told us. “Which is exciting. It doesn’t get bigger or better than the Paris couture, right?” He also guest-edited Men’s Vogue’s website. It pays to be the most hated man in hockey.

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Frances Bean Cobain for Rolling Stone

She may have avoided the controversial spotlight unlike her mother and father, but Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s only daughter couldn’t stray far from her musical genes. During the summer of 2008, she interned at Rolling Stone magazine. “I'm lucky enough to have a life where a lot of doors are going to be opened for me, so I'm taking my time. But I get asked what I want to do all the time because of my parents, because of the life I live,” a then 15-year-old told Harper’s Bazaar of the opportunity. Insiders told Page Six that “she doesn't get coffee for anyone . . . calls in sick all the time and wears funny outfits.” But a rep for the magazine denied the story, saying, “She's a great girl, and we're thrilled to have her.” Now 18, Cobain has strayed from music and journalism—she debuted her first art collection called “Scumfuck” under the pseudonym Fiddle Tim.

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Lydia Hearst & Ryan Adams for BlackBook

A year after socialite, model, and heiress Lydia Hearst stripped down for BlackBook magazine’s short-lived sibling publication in 2007 and said, “I can’t think of anything less fun than running a newspaper,” she tried her hand at the family business. Sure, she only lasted a day, but Hearst made it count: She reviewed restaurants, shops, and bars, fetched coffee, stuffed holiday gift boxes and delivered them … via subway! But Hearst was not BlackBook’s first celebrity intern. In October 2008, musician Ryan Adams interned for the magazine and helped with “sorting mail, filing TPS reports, and composing extemporaneous ballads about retouching cover photos.” Apparently, Adams made quite the impression: He became a staff writer at BlackBook for a solid six months.

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Tallulah Belle Willis for Harper’s Bazaar

When Demi Moore is your mother, Bruce Willis is your father, and Ashton Kutcher is your stepfather, opportunities abound. In 2009, at 15, the youngest offspring of Moore and Willis, Tallulah Belle, had a brief internship at Harper’s Bazaar, working in the fashion closet and attending resort appointments with the fashion team, according to The Daily Front Row. “Tallulah, who loves and has an interest in fashion, is at Bazaar for a few weeks shadowing our editors," a spokeperson told The Daily Beast. "We are thrilled to have her.” Even though the magazine was technically in violation of a labor law?

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Mark Indelicato & Shenae Grimes for Teen Vogue

Though The Hills’ star Lauren Conrad is the most famous intern that has ever graced Teen Vogue (considering they filmed her reality series at their offices), the highly stylish magazine for adolescents has seen a few more famous faces. After Ugly Betty came to an end, 15-year-old Mark Indelicato, the actor behind the show’s young fashion diehard Justin Suarez, showed his interest in the subject. “Ugly Betty has opened my eyes to the world of fashion journalism—I'm looking forward to going to college for that,” he told Teen Vogue, where he scored an internship in 2010. "I want to have a reality show about it. My boss said he’s determined to make me cry. He said it makes good TV," Indelicato told In Touch. Though that didn’t happen, Indelicato learned the hard truth about fashion journalism. “I really don't know how each and every editor does this and more every day for a whole week and still have time to eat and sleep,” he blogged for Teen Vogue’s site. About a year later, another young star, 90210’s Shenae Grimes, joined Teen Vogue’s intern team for six weeks. "I was definitely put to work, which is exactly what I had hoped for," 21-year-old Grimes blogged after her first day. The actress told E! that she wanted to be one of the plebeians: “I wanted to go in and make sure that everyone there, including the other interns, knew I was there to do the exact same stuff as they were and work just as hard as anybody else," she explained.

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Stewart Bradley for Elle

Following the athlete-turned-fashion-magazine-intern trend that Sean Avery started, Elle hired Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley during the 2009 off season under creative director Joe Zee. “I always am looking at fashion magazines and have had an interest in fashion, and I wanted to do something different this season,” he told Inside DVF. One editor assured New York magazine that Bradley was doing “a lot of grunt work,” but being “a great sport.” Apparently, that included unpacking jewelry on a photo shoot. Bradley blogged about the experience on Elle’s site on subjects ranging from Barbie, to the denim tuxedo, to shoulder pads. “I like to try to find an experience that will expand my horizons and take me out of my comfort zone,” he wrote in his first entry. “What better way to do so than to intern at the world’s most circulated women’s fashion magazine? “