Summer 2013 Seth Godin Internship
DEADLINE REACHED. Sorry, no more applications accepted.
Or, at the very least, useful, generous and powerful.
For the fourth time, I'm assembling a team of interns to brainstorm, sketch out and possibly build a new online thing. I'm hoping you're open to reading through the details of how this works and possibly applying.
My guess is that there will be a bunch of applications, so please read the details carefully, as it will save both of us a lot of trouble. Thanks!
Questions? Post them at the end of this page and I'll answer the most frequently asked ones.
PS I've gotten 3,520 applications so far. If you've waited this long, my suggestion is that you wait for the next opportunity, because the odds are quite long, particularly given my bias in favor of people who don't wait until the last minute...
The interns have been chosen...
And everyone has been notified. If you didn't get a nice note from me about your application, check your spam folder, but I'm afraid it's not great news--all the interns have accepted their offers from me, so we're set.
It was an overwhelming task to review 3,000+ applications, but I watched every single video myself and did my best to pick a team both balanced and supercharged. It's going to be a great summer.
If you didn't make the cut, blame the law of large numbers, and go pick yourself. Make a ruckus!
Thanks for applying.
Alas, we should start with the fine print
Creativity needs boundaries, and so does a program like this. Here we go:
July 22 to August 2, 2013.
On location in Hastings on Hudson, NY, about 40 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, USA.
We work long days, and there's a large amount of personal responsibility required.
It's expected that you're facile in English, technology, the web and fast-moving projects.
I can't offer any help at all in transport, visas, lodging or access to a laptop. Lunch is provided, though. (I'll happily connect all interns in June so you can coordinate living arrangements, etc.)
After the two weeks are over, it's entirely possible that some interns will be asked to stay on to help build and manage what we create. Possible, but not guaranteed.
The project and the process is off the record and is a work-for-hire.
You'll need to fill out a W-9. Stipend is taxable.
Application deadline: Midnight, May 31, New York time.
Pay is a $2000 stipend, paid halfway through.
If someone mentions that you referred them to this application, I'll be very impressed. Scarcity is not that useful here.
Follow the details of the application, no points for going over the top or around the side.
The last fifteen applications received before the deadline will be discarded, so don't be a laggard.
You're not being judged, I'm mostly trying to assemble a great team. Not being picked has nothing at all to do with not being amazing. It's merely the physics of limited space.
I'll do my best to notify everyone by email, but bookmark this page and come back on June 15 if you don't hear from me before then.
Some books that will help you prepare
This is a book about cohorts, impromptu groups and the bravery of leadership.
How do ideas spread? (you can still find the free PDF online if you look).
Any Carnegie book is fine. His professional example is the point.
Sir Ken is a modern Carnegie, helping us rethink much of what we think is right.
Alfie Kohn on how learning works.
Applications are closed
It's a two-step application. The first step is to fill out the survey/application which can be found by clicking on the picture of the Habs (the hockey players) above. The second step is to do a short video interview which you'll find the link to after you complete the survey/application.
Here's what I've found:
Some people spend a huge amount of time on applications, on pushing the envelope and gaming the system to get picked...
and some people spend that time building a following, learning skills, posting their work online and most of all, being generous in what they know and share and the tracks they leave in the world.
I'm always looking for the second kind of people. People who are probably going to succeed even if we never meet.
(In case you're skimming, trying to jump right into the application, it's worth taking a minute to read the whole page. The application can be found by clicking on the hockey players, above).