I've have a fair few emails each month from people wanting to get experience working in a digital PR environment. I do what I can but it's not always feasible to give opportunities to everyone or or sign-post them on to other contacts.
However, word reaches me from friend and ex-Edelman colleague, Amy Clark, that help may be at hand if you are looking for a pretty cool digital opportunity. Amy heads up the digital activity over at Splendid Communications and is running a rather smart campaign with their client, Big Yellow Storage.
Big Yellow Self Storage is running a competition offering one determined and talented individual the chance to win a month’s paid internship in Splendid's digital team.
Highlighting the sort of creative digital work you can expect to experience first-hand if you win, Splendid are running the competition through a clever social media mechanic.
According to the official blurb:
Interested applicants can submit a video by heading over to the Big Yellow Storage campaign/12seconds website.
Another really nice feature of the competition (IMHO) is the way the outcome is socialiased. By that I mean that while there is (can only be – due to resources and time) only one paid internship they have committed to "showcasing all entries to the industry in the hope that other talented hopefuls will be snapped up by recruiters". It's a cliche but evryone could be a winner…. so why not spread the word!
The competition is open to anyone else providing you're over the age of 18 and
are eligible to work in the UK. I've posted the full how to enter details below.
How to enter:
Candidates ready to rise to the challenge and enter the limelight need to speed over to 12seconds.tv and upload their video interview in five easy steps designed to test the entrant’s social media prowess.
2. Link your Twitter account to your 12 seconds account
3. Record your video 12 second video on a mobile phone, video camera or webcam and upload your video at 12seconds.tv/campaign/bigyellowselfstorage
4. Fill in the ‘submit my CV’ from and attach a recent copy of your CV
The closing date for entries is May 30th 2009. The winner will be announced on June 15th 2009.