When our summer internship candidates flew into New York City for their interviews, we made sure they got a hotel room with a DVD player and we left them a copy of Aardvark'd, the documentary about last summer's interns. Despite the filmmaker's fondness for stories about tomato plants and cockroaches, the movie works great as a recruiting tool.
This summer we have six interns, including our first-ever graphic design intern and our first-ever intern in program management. Again, we had hundreds of applications, and we had so many good candidates we only interviewed about half of the candidates we wanted to before the new office space filled up. Interns get free housing, free lunch, Aeron chairs, dual-Xeon workstations with 30" LCD monitors, and weekly cultural events like Broadway shows, a Yankees game, and tours around New York City.
If you're going to be in New York City next Tuesday, May 9th, join me for the premiere of Aardvark'd at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, at 8pm at the Village East Cinemas (Details | Order Tickets | Windows Trailer | Quicktime Trailer). If you're not in New York, you can still buy the movie on DVD.
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