Fast Horse Facebook Summer Intern Search, 2011 Edition

May 16, 2011

We held our first Fast Horse Facebook Summer Intern Search last year, and it was a huge success. We hired a kick-ass intern, who’s now our newest full-time employee. We even scored some great ink in the process. So we’re making it an annual competition. Here’s the scoop:

We’re looking to hire an intern who can conceive, design and build a variety of digital assets for Fast Horse and its clients. A hybrid designer/developer. Not heavy database or application development, but the stuff our clients can use to engage their target audiences: websites, mobile-friendly apps, email marketing campaigns, social media tools, interactive product demos, and maybe the occasional add-on, plug-in or mash-up. (See additional specifications at the end of this post.)

Our clients range from Coca-Cola and Marvin Windows and Doors to Insight Schools and SweeTango apples, so our intern’s skills will be put to work in a variety of ways. We want to find a college graduate who can work full time, is as smart as he or she is creative, and fits in well in our loose, fun, fast-paced culture.

If you think you have what it takes, submit a résumé and video “cover letter” to with “Fast Horse Summer Intern Search” in the subject line. (If your video is too large to attach to an email, use a large-file sharing service like YouSendIt or MediaFire to get it to us.) Be creative with the video. Use the opportunity to show off your character and tell us why you’re the right person for the job; we’ll also see your résumé, so skip those basics. Don’t worry if you can’t get a hold of your buddy who works at Industrial Light & Magic. We’re judging these videos on substance, not style. FlipCams or smart phones can do the job just fine.

The deadline for submissions is May 31 at 9 a.m., at which point we’ll begin narrowing the pack by reviewing entries and conducting interviews (in person if you’re in the area, over Skype or the phone if you’re not). The review panel will select the finalists based on qualifications (via your résumé) and creativity, personality and some measure of that indescribable not-sure-what that makes you really awesome (via your video cover letter and interviews).

Here’s where it gets really interesting: We plan to hire each of the finalists for a contract position as part of the competition. We’ll give them a creative brief, hire them on a project basis and pay them to build us something cool that helps market the agency. Once those projects are completed, we’ll put them up for a vote, letting our Facebook community choose their favorite. The person who created the winning project will become the newest Fast Horse intern.

I suppose we have to lay out some rules:

  • Entrants must be a college graduate as of July 25 (when we expect the hired intern to start working)
  • Videos must be no more than three minutes long
  • All submissions become the property of Fast Horse (so we can share them if you become a finalist)
  • You can only enter once
  • Submissions must include both a résumé and a video
  • Submissions must be received no later than 9 a.m. Central Time on May 31
  • Entrants must be creative and have fun
  • Must be a fan of the Fast Horse Experience on Facebook to apply

Internship details (not for the contract/project position, but for the ultimately hired intern):

  • Starts on or near July 25, depending on the duration of the contract/project phase of the competition
  • Initial internship period is for 90 days but may be extended
  • Paid position, hourly
  • 40 hours per week
  • Location:  Minneapolis, MN
  • Parking paid

Job qualifications:

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Actionscript, AJAX and similar languages
  • Strong proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash)
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with designing, building and editing websites with popular content management systems such as WordPress or Joomla
  • Ability to develop websites and other assets that marry aesthetic value with accessible user experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or equivalent

Desired attributes:

  • Self-motivated, creative and reliable
  • A team player who can work in a fast-paced, demanding, yet rewarding environment
  • Adaptability, resourcefulness and a positive attitude

Questions? Post them to the discussion tab at the Fast Horse Experience or email us at