Sydney startup flooded with applications for $100,000 internship

More than 2700 people have applied for what a Sydney-based startup is calling the “world’s best internship”, with some applicants taking extreme measures to stand out from the crowd.


The internship will be offered to one Australian university student, with a $50,000 salary package and another $50,000 worth of shares in the company. The intern will also receive a brand new car, laptop and phone.


Applicants are required to submit a minute-long pitch detailing why they are the right person for the job. In one video application, 19-year-old student Anna Bezuglova jumps out of a plane to show her desire to work for the company.


Launched last month, Alphatise hopes to shake up the online retail space by putting consumers back in the driver’s seat.


Co-founder Ben Nowlan said in a statement the startup decided to offer the internship because it was after someone who could bring a “fresh, digitally driven” perspective to the company.


“Australia is currently suffering a youth unemployment crisis, and university students are arguably emerging from their degrees without the skillset needed to meet the needs of the businesses from the get-go,” he says.


“Our internship package has created an opportunity for the successful applicant to develop their skills in whichever field they are passionate about. Whether it’s sales and marketing or being part of our world-class technology development team, we’ll help to make that happen for them.”


Applications for the internship close on October 11, 2014.


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