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After a quick greeting, read the following article out loud. Your tutor will go over pronunciation if necessary.
[P1] Forget fetching coffee, staring at spreadsheets until your eyes glaze over and sitting in a cubicle during the gorgeous summer months. Today, with so many young aspiring professionals completing multiple internships before they finally land their first full-time gig, the market is competitive for businesses and applicants alike.
[P2] Companies are offering more than just a desk and grunt administrative work to lure tomorrow’s workforce. And they’re paying cold, hard cash. Whether you’re looking for a summer gig or are looking for a serious case of FOMO, read on to learn about some of the coolest internships out there.
[P3] If you’re torn between spending the summer traveling and grinding away at an internship, Harley-Davidson is offering the best of both worlds in summer 2018.
[P4] The motorcycle company’s 12-week #FindYourFreedom paid internship for college juniors, seniors and recent grads provides the chance to ride a Harley across the country. Applicants have to explain what freedom means to them in the medium of their choice, from an essay to a video.
[P5] Their objectives? Learn to ride a motorcycle, discover “motorcycle culture,” collaborate with Harley-Davidson’s marketing team on real content and attend meetings and events. Interns who pass a H-D Riding Academy course and obtain a motorcycle endorsement even get to keep their bike.
[P6] Speaking of travel, hotel chain Days Inn is paying people to take vacations and sunset photos in “America’s sunniest cities,” from San Diego to Miami. The company is “seeking a bright, aspiring photographer with a passion for the outdoors to travel across the country and capture the sun in all of its glory” for what it’s dubbed a “summer sun-ternship.”
[P7] The internship lasts one month, and each intern will receive a $10,000 stipend for use during that time. Days Inn will feature photos the “sun-tern” takes on its website, social media channels and even the walls of its hotels, the listing explains. Amateur photographers over the age of 21 were eligible to apply prior to the May 20 deadline.
The Points Guy
[P8] Meet the Points Pups: Miles, Hootie and Swisher. The adorable canines are part of the in-office team at travel tips site The Points Guy, and their shared Instagram account has more than 11,000 followers.
[P9] In summer 2018, the company is looking for an intern to hang out with the team while helping to develop and post traveling pet content, curate tips on the best hotels and airlines for pet travel and grow the site’s social audience.
[P10] “You’ll be tasked with helping us research first-hand what it’s like to travel with pets in today’s day and age,” the listing reads. “So yes, there will be some travel involved.” Not to mention $20 an hour pay and the ability to set a flexible schedule between 25 and 40 hours a week. But jet-setting pooches won’t be the only thing this social media intern will have the opportunity to cover. They’ll get to write for TPG about points and miles, too.
Read the word/expression and definition out loud. Your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.
|fetch||(v) to go after and bring back (someone or something)
e.g. Wait here while I fetch [=get] the doctor.
|gig||(n) a job
e.g. I have a part-time job, but I really need a full-time gig.
|FOMO||(n) anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
e.g. I realized I was a lifelong sufferer of FOMO.
|canine||(n) a dog
e.g. poodles and other canines
|pooch||(n) a dog
e.g. What a cute little pooch!
Use the following questions as a guideline to help develop an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.
- Summarize the article in your own words.
- What was your very first job? If you haven’t worked, what would you like it to be?
- Describe your dream job.
- Why do you think companies are coming up with these creative internship programs? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!