Charlie Sheen has narrowed his intern candidates from over 80,000 to 250 after having them apply via internships.com and then write a 75-word statement on why they should be his social media intern, according to various media reports.
Sheen will then reduce the applicant field to 50 finalists by searching for certain keywords (warlock? torpedo?) in the applicants’ responses.
Among the candidates are people from around the country, Iowa, San Francisco, Chicago to name a few, as well as Australia and Canada (hope he knows there’s laws about that). Most are students, but one is a Toronto radio reporter.
According to the Toronto Sun, the job posting went live on internships.com March 7.
The paper says the job description for the 8-week “internship” says: “Do you have TigerBlood? Are you all about winning? Can you plan better than anyone else? If so, we want you on TeamSheen as our social media TigerBloodIntern!”
A simple web search will show that the finalists are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame in both local media and social media, attracting lots of followers.
Rumor has it that Sheen will “interview” the interns when his tour stops in near their locations (this couldn’t be a publicity stunt, could it?) Sheen is also interviewing singers at local stops to open his show with “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Of course, HR pros ponder if putting “intern to Charlie Sheen” on a future résumé will help or hinder someone’s future career prospects.