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Student candidates vie for consideration in The Intern Game

April 18, 2011

By Alex Braun
The Intern Game applicants

Anyone is welcome to apply for The Intern Game, but you have to be able to both work in Minnesota this summer and make it to the event on April 26.

Update: The submission deadline has been extended until April 21 at noon Central Time. The previous deadline had been April 19.

Most things are less stressful when you make a game of it. That’s exactly what the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association did with the dreaded summer internship hunt in creating “The Intern Game” — a competition for paid internships at five Minneapolis marketing and development agencies.

Weber Shandwick, space150, The Nerdery, EatonGolden and Clockwork are each looking for a paid summer intern, but for different roles: designer, media, interactive developer, user experience and project manager, respectively. To fill that need, they’re participating in a Dating Game-style event emceed by Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor Jason DeRusha.

Of all the applicants who submit resumes, the top three for each position will face a series of questions from each agency in front of a live audience — mostly consisting of the other applicants.

If you want in, you better act quick. The contest deadline is tomorrow (April 19).

At the end, the lucky winning contestant will probably walk away with an awesome summer internship — though, in a typical wet-blanket legal fine print, there is no binding guarantee. (Then again, that’s pretty much how the real Dating Game worked.)

According to Jake Nyberg, head of MIMA’s Student Outreach Committee, the event itself will be pretty tongue-in-cheek, playing on the parallels between flirting and internship-seeking. So far, a quick look at the beautiful, intern-designed contest page reveals that A.) the event is pretty popular and B.) there are some good-looking people in the Twin Cities. But Nyberg tells me there haven’t been a ton of applicants in the user experience and interactive developer categories, so techies have really good odds right about now.

The bad news? If you want in, you better act quick. The contest deadline is April 21 at noon Central Time.

To enter, head to The Intern Game website and read the official rules. And make sure you can get to Minneapolis next week.


Among the perks of doing a summer internship in Minneapolis: You won't have to experience winter in Minneapolis. (Credit: Jon Platek)

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