Tumblr outreach director Meaghan O’Connell just posted to the site’s staff page advertising an internship with the company. The job sounds like a combination of PR and marketing. Weirdly, Ms. O’Connell jokes in the post that in order to qualify you must “love” the post office, which would indicate that the job involves a lot of mailing. Mailing what though? What exactly is Tumblr mailing!? Or is it that people are mailing them things and they have to go pick them up at the post office? Either way, suspicious.
Another suspicious thing? They’re paying this intern! Ms. O’Connell emphasized this in the ad by writing it in bold. Obviously it’s great, but maybe we should be asking what exactly is in those packages they’re apparently sending and receiving constantly!
How common is it for New York start-ups to be paying their interns?
“I can’t really speak for the tech industry, but at Tumblr our general policy is to pay the people who work with us,” ” Ms. O’Connell said in an e-mail. ” I would imagine (hope?) most startups function similarly!”
She would not disclose the salary but promised it was a “respectable hourly rate.”
The kids are already snapping at the job. Some responses so far:
— “BRB PISSING MYSELF SILLY OHMYGOD.”
— “FUUUUUUUUUUCK. I WISH I LIVED NEAR NEW YORK!!!!”
— “lol. this just gave non new yorkers a new reason to wanna be new yorkers. lmao.”
— “even though i’m probably too young and far to busy sitting around on this website all day anyway …live in long island which is only like 1hour+30min from nyc on a good day justsaying”
— “OH MY GOD I WANT TO WHY DO I LIVE IN NORWAY”