Back in my youth, internships involved fixing the broken photo copy machine, sending Outlook invites, and going on the occasional coffee run. The concept of paid internships was a pipe dream because, as we were repeatedly reminded, the real payoff was networking and a line on our resumes. My, how times have changed — applications are currently being accepted for a paid internship of cruising around the world and snapping Instagram pics.
Yep, you read that right. The Royal Caribbean UK & Ireland recently announced an intern-ship (hehe) that involves sailing around the world for three weeks this summer and posting top-notch photos to Instagram.
Not only does this lucky intern get a free cruise, but he or she will be paid a cool £3,000 (almost $3,700) for the tough job of visiting and photographing some of the most beautiful places in the world.
We’d venture a guess that Royal Caribbean is being inundated with applications as we speak — the three-week excursion includes stops in Asia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and New York.
Oh, and did we mention some of the perks are free access to climbing walls, restaurants, zip-wires, water slides, and swimming pools? (Just in case any reluctant applicants thought a free trip around the world wasn’t quite worth their time.)
Of course, applicants must be qualified — the qualifications are just a little different than most internships.
According to the job posting, applicants must own a smartphone and have “extensive knowledge of all 23 filters” so they can capture those perfect, eye-catching Instagram photos.
So, uh, I know internships are usually aimed at college students — but how does Royal Caribbean feel about interns who happen to be in their mid-to-late 20s? Asking for a friend.