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What We Want In Our Next Intern(s)

Last week, we hung our 'Help Wanted: Interns' sign. Lots of strong and amusing responses thus far, but also several requests to extend the deadline, which was originally tomorrow. We have no objections, so the new deadline is December 31st.

Here are some of the things we're looking for:

"¢ Good writers with great story ideas
"¢ Utility players willing to edit, proofread, fact-check, search for images and format blog entries in WordPress
"¢ People who've mastered the witty email
"¢ Tireless internet surfers always able to find funny links
"¢ Future event planners (or campaign advisors) up for throwing mental_floss events on your campus or in your community

Basically, a right-hand (wo)man to make sure nothing (well, less stuff) falls through the cracks. We have a lot of exciting adventures planned for 2008, (possibly) including a dedicated floss-y links page, a daily lunchtime quiz and lots more giveaways. If you think you can help manage some of that, plus churn out great stories for the blog, send us an email making your case -- floss.intern@gmail.com. Here is the interview assignment:

1) Come up with three ideas for stories. Here are links to some of our greatest hits.
2) Turn one of those ideas into a fascinating article.
3) Come up with two ideas for mental_floss quizzes. See our quiz archive for inspiration.
4) Suggest one idea for a recurring column, like Andréa's "˜Feel Art Again.' We probably won't ask you (or force you) to actually write it, but you never know.

One last thing -- in the original post, the hyperlink to the email address omitted the period between 'floss' and 'intern.' I guess it was I who did that, not the hyperlink. Anyway, if you sent your application to flossintern instead of floss.intern, can you email it again?

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