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Summer 2013 Seth Godin Internship

Updated on June 03, 2013

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.

Seth

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

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

This is a book about cohorts, impromptu groups and the bravery of leadership.

 
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

Any Carnegie book is fine. His professional example is the point.

 
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

Sir Ken is a modern Carnegie, helping us rethink much of what we think is right.

 

Applications are closed

Click on the photo of Maurice Richard to get to the application
Click on the photo of Maurice Richard to get to the application

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).

We'll be convening at my office, daily

A marker -
main street, 10706
get directions

Frequently asked questions - I'll answer the good ones with replies here

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      hebert33 3 years ago

      I was lucky enough to learn from Seth for six months in 2009. To call it life-changing would be an understatement.

      If you're thinking of applying.......stop thinking, and apply. Sit down and finish the application.

      If you get accepted, it will change your life.

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      TheHumanCustomer 3 years ago

      Interns are usually college kids. Anything against "experienced" folk? If I remember right your group last summer had some restrictions.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hey Seth. Just a technical question: Do we need to be prepared to do the video immediately after submitting the online application?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hi Seth,

      Actually, it is not a question, but a suggestion that could help to get the real phone numbers of those who apply to this project from abroad.

      I think pre-defining the phone field into 3 boxes and predefining the digits was suboptimal, especially for those who are applying from abroad. I couldn't move forward to step 2 until I inserted a US phone number since phone number formats are different from country to country.

      It would help a lot if the phone field is left as one big box.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      How many interns are hired for the summer?

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not certain, but few enough that we'll all fit around my conference table.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: If you're a minor, you'll need written permission from your parents, but I'm not going to hold it against you.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks Maruf. That was automatically created by Wufoo. I'm sure your creative reply will work.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Mary. No need to do them at the same time. I'll review on a rolling basis, though, so I'd suggest doing it within a few hours.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @TheHumanCustomer: We're equal opportunity in all things.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @hebert33: Thanks Clay!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Why the Habs? Or should I ask why The Rocket?

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Because it's fun to write, "Habs." And because they had a cool uniform and not many teeth. And because their star was named, "Rocket."

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      sorenjd 3 years ago

      @seth godin: I'm so excited about this opportunity, but i'm worried I'm a little late. I don't want to be in the group of 15 that doesn't get looked at - is it still worth applying?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hi Seth,

      Is there any way I can upload a video resume I have in a good quality already? Thank you

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      ldp-green 3 years ago

      Can I bring my golden retriever Chance who is a service dog?

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm afraid that you need to use the same video service as everyone else. Good lighting and a minute of your honest self-appraisal are all I need. It seems as though just about everyone is able to use Ziggeo successfully. If it doesn't work at first, persist.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @ldp-green: Happy to talk to finalists about companions and pets, etc, but in the meantime, feel free to throw your hat in the ring.

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @sorenjd: If past programs are any indication, there will be a mad rush on the last day. Sigh.

      Reassurance is never sufficient, so why not get in the habit of shipping, regardless?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Is their any way to re-submit the first part of the application? I believe some details have changed and I would like to present information with the greatest accuracy

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: The best thing is to hit submit AFTER you're finished.

      The second best thing is to submit again, and I'll do my best to read the second one.

      But please, no, don't make two videos.

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      StrikingChanges 3 years ago

      Took your advice...created an account on Squidoo. Holy Moly... surfing concepts, having fun, getting educated and sharing information. I think I am in heaven! Anyway, not offering a FAQ, just noted during my tour of Squidoo that your profile summary should either be updated... references back to 2012... unless it is supposed to say 2013. Either way. Have a great Memorial Day. Denise

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      If we were invited to continue working on the project after the internship, would that mean staying in NY or could we continue to work on the project remotely?

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      seth godin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I have no idea.

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      lisavanahn 3 years ago

      Thank you for this incredible opportunity and for offering each applicant the learning, that they matter. IF you haven't applied yet do it now. You matter and your application makes a difference in this worlld.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @hebert33: That is amazing Herbert! You just took my excitement level to a whole new place :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      The last time I applied for an internship, I was 22 yrs old; I am 30 now and have never been this excited about learning and creating something new and exciting.

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      AlessioOlivieri 3 years ago

      Thanks anyway for this opportunity! I will definitely try again next time!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Oh I missed it... I am gonna wait.... Next time, I wont wait until the last minute... Meanwhile I will keep reading.. Thanks.... .

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Seth, we took your ideas from Permission Marketing back in 1999 and built a business that created employment for nearly 150 people with many earning $100K+. What we built turned into a case study at the Univ of WI Madison. We merged the biz in 2005 then sold it in 2010. Anyone that comes to work for me today is required to read all of your books. Thanks for the great work you do (and for making a lot of multi-millionaires)!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Seth - I have enjoyed reading blog posts from several of the 2013 participants (Sean, Barrett, Grant). I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you've learnt about choosing teams and having them work together in your internships. I plan on running one this coming Australian summer with a smaller group. Thanks!

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