I have received a number of applications and have been contacted by seemingly strong potential interns in the week since I posted a description of the internship position. I have also received quite a few questions about it, so I thought that it would be helpful to answer them publicly. And quickly I want to thank everyone for sharing the post and information about the internship with their readers and followers, including my amazing friend Jenny Blake! If you happen to know people who might be perfect for the internship, please let them know and have them contact me!
Will the intern work for free?
Yes and no. For a certain period, it will be a collaborative working relationship that will not involve financial compensation. But over the following months, we will modify that arrangement if it is working well and we continue to grow the enterprise. For example, I am more than happy to offer bonuses if we achieve certain milestones (start a big project, land a new opportunity, grow a follower/reader/listener base to a certain point, etc.). And if you turn out to be a true star, I very likely will offer a paid regular position.
I currently have a job. Can I still work with you?
Absolutely. Since the internship is virtual, I expect that people might complete the tasks or develop the ideas for projects during breaks at work or in free time at night or on the weekends. It is an unpaid position, and I expect that at least some of you out there have bills to pay.
How many hours a week would I work?
How involved you are and how hard you work are really up to you. If you really enjoy what we are doing, you can work as hard and as long as you want. Obviously, I am looking for someone who goes above and beyond what is expected, but I also don’t expect you to be able to commit 40-50 hours a week with me. The tasks and projects I would start with would probably take 5-10 hours a week, but if we agreed to give you more autonomy and projects, you could certainly do much more.
Your job description sounds overwhelming. There is no way one person would be able to do all of that.
Maybe, maybe not. I do all of it now, and I have a full-time orthopaedic surgery practice and oversee a sports medicine program as my real job. You could start with a few projects, such as researching topics for blog posts I am going to write or ones I’ll discuss on my show. Maybe later you could tackle more of the marketing or media projects. This position will be flexible, and I’ll quickly learn your strengths and direct projects to you where you will excel.
Are you just taking one intern?
Ideally I would like only one, if I can find someone remarkable. But I fully expect that some people have different skill sets than others, so I am open to having more than one. I could envision a situation where one intern serves as more of a research assistant, while another intern coordinates the social media and traditional media efforts.
How long is the internship?
How long do you want to do it? If you’re great and we work well together, we can work together for many months or years. Ideally, though, I want an intern for at least three, and preferably six, months because it will take me a few weeks to train you on some of the processes.
Does the intern have to be a college student?
No. I will consider college graduates or students currently in college. I am sure that there are high school students who love sports and are quite proficient at social media, but I just can’t go that route.
Can I get college credit for the internship?
I am not listing the position with schools, so I doubt many schools would approve it for college or graduate school credit. But if you can talk to your school and they will give you credit for it, I will complete any necessary paperwork and keep the appropriate records to help in any way.
Can I shadow you in clinic or cover games and sporting events with you?
I am actually surprised I haven’t gotten more of these questions than the one I received. I get requests for these types of internships several times a week normally. Sorry, but no, this is not a clinical position.
Will it be all busy work?
Great question. Absolutely not. I am actually looking to hire a virtual assistant, or possibly more than one, in the next month to handle tasks. Posting the articles on my blog, linking other articles, maintaining the expense forms, and so many other repetitive tasks will be handled by the VA. I might occasionally ask you to do basic tasks as they pertain to bigger projects, but I am in no way looking for cheap labor. I am looking to work with someone for their brain, their creativity, their ideas, and their enthusiasm.
What would I get out of this?
I’m glad you asked. Except I think the better question is yours. What do you want to get from working with me? Nothing is off the table, but you have to ask. Do you want to virtually sit in on my meetings with my marketing consultants or during my public relations meetings? Do you want to discuss and learn more about the injuries I’m writing about? Do you want to be involved in a growing media enterprise at its inception and help it grow into national prominence before moving on to bigger organizations?
Over the last six months, I have worked hard to surround myself with amazing people. I have learned so much from them, and I can teach all of that myself or potentially have you involved in all of those collaborations.
There is a great post by Danielle Laporte about an internship she offered and her followers’ responses and questions about it. All of her thoughts apply here and really to all internships and learning opportunities. Watch the Charlie Hoehn video “The New Way To Work” in it as well. Charlie has worked with superstars Tim Ferris, Ramit Sethi, Tucker Max, and Seth Godin.
When does the internship start?
It starts when I find the right person for the team. I am in no hurry to have just anyone. I want a rockstar. Or a team of them.