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Chicago-based Emmis Digital has raised the bar yet again. Gone are the days of putting on an ill-fitting suit and lying your way through an interview for the pride and glory of an unpaid internship. We are now in the new age, one in which candidates fight to the death, Hunger Games-style, to complete for the chance to fill one more line of blank space on their resume.
Emmis Digital is so desperate for innovation, it established a cutthroat “interview process” for its top candidates. Once narrowed down to three, by more traditional means, the digital company held a contest to declare the “hungriest” tribute.
Each of the three potential interns, vying to be declared victor and sole office-bitch for the summer, were tossed into the social media ring. They were required to annoy any friend, family member, and passerby to follow Emmis Digital on literally any social media outlet that exists with their personalized hashtag (#TeamJake, #TeamKelsey, #TeamKatie). Basically, the company decided to hire the person who could become the most unbearable person anyone could follow on social media.
After two weeks, #TeamKatie had been axed from competition. They didn’t specify whether that meant literally or figuratively, but I’ll assume it was by guillotine or succumbing to a swarm of tracker jackers. Then it went head-to-head. In an utterly anticlimactic finish (that’s what she said), Kelsey Halverson won via forfeit because Jake, “Started to think [he] was doing too much work to be losing.” What an athlete, tremendous competitor. In the same interview, Jake said, “I’m a competitive guy. I don’t like to lose.” Really. Not joking. Go look it up.
What was missing from this story was a tale of sabotage. Why didn’t Katie and Jake collude and eat the poisonous berries to get out of interning? Two months in the hospital is like a paid vacation from an internship.
[via My Chicago]