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We’re looking to produce more video now and again, and to that end we’re looking for a Video Intern in London. What do we mean by that?

Well, we’d like to do more video interviews of European startups coming in and out of London (as they frequently do), speaking to the founders and CEOs and the people behind the companies. We’d also like to visit their offices and get a sense of where they work.

To that end we’d really like someone who wants to get ahead in the world of online video. Ideally our Video Intern will know how to shoot simple interviews, have their own equipment (we’re not worried if it is not hi-end TV equipment, but the more pro or semi-pro the better. However if you don’t have equipment we’ll supply it) and be able to put together simple video reports in iMovie or similar. They need to be based in Central London (or within reach – ideally – of Old St tube station) and available during the day or weekday evenings. The Internship may well suit a student but we’re open to anyone. Also, this is not an “on camera” position – you’re behind it. If you require payment then we pay National Minimum Wage (£5.93 an hour) and travel expenses. What will you learn? The process of interviewing and cutting together a small report.

In return you’ll have your work seen by TechCrunch’s 10 million readers, get to meet a lot of interesting startups, and get a lot of exposure for your skills and promotion by us. To apply email mikebutcher AT techcrunch dot com and send some links to your work online. (Unfortunately we can’t reply to all enquiries). Thanks.

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  • Zoonie

    So… you want someone with experience but you’re not even prepared to say you’ll pay expenses in the blurb? Nice work guys. Exploit kids who are desperate, why don’t you.

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      See my comment above.

      • Zoonie

        Glad to see you updated the post, Mike! My tone was a bit OTT incredulous because I posted in such surprise. Very happy to be proved wrong.

      • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

        No problem.

  • Zoonie

    So… you want someone with experience but you’re not even prepared to say you’ll pay expenses in the blurb? Nice work guys. Exploit kids who are desperate, why don’t you.

  • http://www.gyford.com/ Phil Gyford

    Why aren’t you planning to pay this person for their work Mike?

    I’m sure you’ll find plenty of eager people willing to work for nothing, especially given the shortage of jobs for graduates these days, but just because people will work for nothing, that doesn’t make it right not to pay them. In fact, you might be breaking the law by not doing so: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/7920381/Employers-warned-that-unpaid-internships-could-break-law.html

    I assume their work will be adding value to your site — or else why would you need the video — so why not pass on some of that value to the person creating it? Otherwise you’re perpetuating a situation in which only those who can afford to work for nothing can get experience and a foot on the ladder.

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Er, I am.

      • http://www.gyford.com/ Phil Gyford

        Thanks for adding that you’ll pay minimum wage, which you must have forgotten to mention when you first posted it.

      • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

        I’m new to this. I am but a humble hack. Thanks for the steer. I remember hiring you as a DJ at the first NMA party in ’96. Want to have lunch?

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Er, I am.

  • http://www.gyford.com/ Phil Gyford

    Why aren’t you planning to pay this person for their work Mike?

    I’m sure you’ll find plenty of eager people willing to work for nothing, especially given the shortage of jobs for graduates these days, but just because people will work for nothing, that doesn’t make it right not to pay them. In fact, you might be breaking the law by not doing so: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/7920381/Employers-warned-that-unpaid-internships-could-break-law.html

    I assume their work will be adding value to your site — or else why would you need the video — so why not pass on some of that value to the person creating it? Otherwise you’re perpetuating a situation in which only those who can afford to work for nothing can get experience and a foot on the ladder.

  • http://www.gyford.com/ Phil Gyford

    Why aren’t you planning to pay this person for their work Mike?

    I’m sure you’ll find plenty of eager people willing to work for nothing, especially given the shortage of jobs for graduates these days, but just because people will work for nothing, that doesn’t make it right not to pay them. In fact, you might be breaking the law by not doing so: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/7920381/Employers-warned-that-unpaid-internships-could-break-law.html

    I assume their work will be adding value to your site — or else why would you need the video — so why not pass on some of that value to the person creating it? Otherwise you’re perpetuating a situation in which only those who can afford to work for nothing can get experience and a foot on the ladder.

  • http://twitter.com/_jacksmith Jack Smith

    I would have thought that this is what Newspepper as your “Media partner” would have been utilised for?

  • http://twitter.com/_jacksmith Jack Smith

    I would have thought that this is what Newspepper as your “Media partner” would have been utilised for?

  • http://twitter.com/_jacksmith Jack Smith

    I would have thought that this is what Newspepper as your “Media partner” would have been utilised for?

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      They employ interns themselves. Read their blurb.

      • http://twitter.com/_jacksmith Jack Smith

        I know. Why not just use their interns as Newspepper provide the equipment?

      • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

        We have equipment. I want to work with a creative.

  • http://twitter.com/jamescridland James Cridland

    “Come and work for free” (or even on expenses only) is illegal in all but a handful of cases. It’s why we don’t accept them at Media UK (and the media industry is as guilty as anything). We’ve a clear policy: http://www.mediauk.com/article/32681/media-uk's-policy-on-advertising-un-paid-jobs

    For more on this, and your questions answered, you might want to read the TV Watercooler:
    http://www.tvwatercooler.org/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=11

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      I actually never said that, but you carry on James.

  • Jane Hobson

    So then, at 1p per reader/viewer, which doesn’t sound overly generous, that’s a salary of £100,000 per year. I’m up for that. Where do I apply? Oh, you mean I don’t get paid? Huh?! Doesn’t compute.

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Read the post again.

  • Jane Hobson

    p.s. it will cost your VJ around £10k p.a. just to fund their equipment/business (without living costs)

  • Pjr

    Screw you Mike Arrington!

    (c) copyright Leo Laporte 2009

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Wasn’t that awesome? They are friends now of course.

  • Bob

    HaHa! Angry comments are the Best

  • Bob

    HaHa! Angry comments are the Best

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Aren’t they just?

  • http://twitter.com/PaulH Paul Henriques

    Mike, I haven’t bothered to read the post properly, and I’m ignoring your responses to the other comments, but why are you exploiting desperate orphans you modern day slave trader?

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      “haven’t bothered to read the post properly, and I’m ignoring your responses to the other comments”. Enough said.

      • http://twitter.com/PaulH Paul Henriques

        I was joking… :-)

      • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

        LOL! PHEW!

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