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Frequently Asked Questions

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Basic Requirements

How do I apply?
Fill out our application form and create a video (60-90 seconds) talking about why you care about the environment and why you should be selected as one of our Best Interns for 2013.  You will want your video to reflect the area of interest you are applying for -- whether on-camera or producer/editor.   (As part of the application form, you will need to send us the URL to your video.) PLEASE NOTE: You MUST follow the instructions below in "How do I upload my video correctly?"

How long is the internship?
The internship will last ten weeks, beginning in June and ending in August. The exact dates are flexible, and we will work around your schedule for school.

Will I get paid?
The Best Internship on Earth is a PAID temporary employee position, including all-expenses-paid travel, plus $1,000 worth of merchandise provided by The North Face, a hallmark brand for outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear. Plus, the top 10 finalists will each receive a pair of Lems Shoes.

How old must I be to apply?
Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May 15, 2013, and must currently be enrolled in college or university, or a recent graduate of a two or four year program.

Do I need to be in the United States to apply?
You must be either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, legal resident with a valid work permit, or be able to obtain a valid work visa independently to be considered eligible for this program.

When is the deadline?
Your complete application must be submitted by April 9, 2013 at 5PM PDT.

The Video

How do I submit my video entry?
IMPORTANT! You need to create a 60-90 second video telling us on camera why we should choose you for the next Best Internship on Earth.  Then upload it to YouTube as a video response to our 2013 Best Internship video, then copy the URL and paste it into the “Video URL” section of the application.  Your video should reflect the area of interest you are applying for -- show us your skills whether on-camera or producer/editor.

Can I submit my application now and submit the video later?
No, you must submit all of your application materials at the same time. Applicants who do not fill out the video URL submission field correctly and completely will not be considered.

I don't have an expensive video camera, just the one on my computer or phone. Do you judge the quality of the video or the content?
We're looking for applicants with the enthusiasm and skills to promote the Sierra Club's priority issues and youth outdoors programs. Any video camera should be fine -- we're more interested in seeing your passion and hearing what you have to say, but showing off your creative skills sure won’t hurt, especially if you are interested in the production end of things!  In the application you can tell us more about your skills.

About the Selection Process

What are you looking for in a candidate?
The ideal candidate is passionate about the environment and being outside, open to new experiences, a skilled storyteller, and engaged with their online community.  If you are applying for the production position, we’re also interested in your experience with video equipment, running field camera and audio, and editing.

Why do my friends need to leave comments on my video?
We want to see you rally your troops! Use the social media buttons on your individual entry page to share your application with your friends, family, and online community. The 5 applicants who receive the most comments on their application page will receive an exclusive Sierra Club swag bag with a surprise from The North Face.  (*Please note that the top 5 videos with the most comments are not automatically finalists; however, this is a great way to draw our attention to your application.)

When will the finalists be announced?
The finalists will be notified mid-April. Each finalist will receive a pair of Lems Shoes. You will have a choice of either the Primal2 or the Boulder Boot.

Who chooses the winner?
Both interns will be selected by employees of the Sierra Club. Getting your friends to leave comments on your video, though, is a great way to draw our attention to your application!

When will you announce the winner?
We know that you're excited to lock in your summer plans and make the necessary arrangements. We will notify and announce the winner in early May.

About the Internship

What are the job responsibilities for "The Best Internship on Earth?"
Interns will be required to travel around the country to different Sierra Club outings and activities  -- you might go hiking and rafting in spectacular natural settings, and learn about all the different ways the Sierra Club is protecting the planet. The interns will film these adventures and produce a regular video blog about youth and the environment.  Depending on time and interests, other media will be utilized to enhance the storytelling and help us experience your journey.

Where will I stay in San Francisco?
If selected, you will be provided with a salary to help cover living expenses while in San Francisco. We can help point you toward local online resources that will be helpful in finding a place to stay. The intern is responsible for arranging his/her own housing while in San Francisco. Travel and housing arrangements while on the road to film outdoors events will be arranged and covered by the Sierra Club.

Are all of my travel expenses covered? Really?
Yes, really! You just need to get yourself to and from San Francisco at the beginning and end of the internship. We'll cover all the Sierra Club travel during the internship.

I'm not an experienced hiker and I don't have lots of outdoors experience, but this sounds really amazing. Can I apply?
Yes! If you love the outdoors, and if you think you can do a good job of communicating that enthusiasm to others, then this internship is for you. No previous backpacking or rafting experience is required. You will be attending outings with Sierra Club programs where many of the attendees also will be experiencing these activities for the first time; however, you should be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.

Do you have a flier I can circulate on my campus?
Funny you should ask.