Wanted: Interns

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As we ramp up for the launch of RideApart.com we’re looking for a little help. Specifically, the kind of help we don’t have to pay, but can enact merciless abuse upon. Serious about creating a career for yourself in media or e commerce? Want to learn how to start your own company? This is a great place to start

Who: Motivated, hard-working, responsible people who can contribute some expertise and want to learn more about editorial, marketing, business development, photography, production and logistics by getting their hands dirty. Expect to work across several of those areas, but we need people who can build spreadsheets as much as we need people who can write and take photos. Experience with motorcycles and an M1 license would be helpful, but aren’t required.

What: An unpaid internship. Yes, there’s a possibility of a paid position at the end of it, but we’ll be honest, that possibility is slim. Expect to work regular business hours or longer, be able to provide your own laptop and other professional tools as well as transport to and from the office. No, you will not get to ride free motorcycles.

When: We’re looking for people that can start immediately or in the near future and give us at least a couple days a week for a minimum commitment of at least three months.

Where: We’re looking for people that can work out of our new office in Culver City, Los Angeles, but are also interested in candidates who can contribute remotely from other locations.

Why: RideApart is bringing a true 21st century consumer portal to Powersports for the first time. This is your opportunity to work closely with the small team that’s building the company, which means you’ll get to learn a diverse range of skills in a fast-paced environment. The team brings decades of experience from consumer automotive, editorial, business and publishing, so you’ll leave with relationships, contacts and recommendations with and from recognized names in those worlds.

How: email a resume, a brief description of what makes you perfect for the role and your availability to info at rideapart dot com.

  • http://twitter.com/plivacpa Philip Liva

    You should look into the legality of an unpaid internship. Things have changed over the past couple of years. “Expect to work regular business hours or longer, be able to provide your own laptop and other professional tools as well as transport to and from the office. No, you will not get to ride free motorcycles.” Raw deal.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s how I and everyone else that’s working on this project got our starts. The world isn’t all candy canes and puppy dogs, you gotta earn your stripes. We’re offering people the chance to do that.

      • nick2ny

        Yup. Spent six weeks as an intern at Autocar a decade ago–for free–and it was a blast. Rode in some great cars, drove goofy foot, and chatted cars over beers with with Steve Sutcliffe, Steve Cropley, and Chris Harris. Still unbelievably glad I didn’t turn it down to make $20/hr for six weeks in Michigan.

        • Dustin Edwards

          Again this is a Decade ago, laws do change, it should at least be looked into.

      • Dustin Edwards

        Philip brought up a Legality question, which I think is a good idea. I don’t know your operation or if you have a lawyer looking into this but it’s important. You wouldn’t want a double agent coming in and ruining it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nateweaver Nate Weaver

        He may have a point, but the real reason you should pay people is so you can fire them in case they suck. Gets super difficult/awkward when they’re unpaid. I imagine you’re hip to it, but seen it at production companies here in LA.

    • Heatsoak

      Internship for a quick foot in the door, or struggle at breaking into freelance until you make a name for yourself. They both kinda suck.

      And when you do “make it” in this industry, you can look forward to middle-of-the-road pay at best. Sorry if i seem pessimistic, i’m just trying to keep out the riff-raff.

      • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

        Hey, they make you pay for college and I can guarantee someone’s going to learn more, get more real world experience and walk away with wayyyyyy more substantial/meaningful contacts doing this internship for free.

        • Aaron Trent

          Straw man, and a really weak one. The university model is dying as it prices itself out of the market and becomes irrelevant.

          • KevinB

            Yes and no. If you go to some joke of a college like ITT tech, Liberty University, or some 3rd tier state school and major in fluffiness, then yes, you won’t get a job and you’ll be no better for going. If you go to a good school and do well (i.e. work hard), you’ll come out making six figures within a year of getting out. There is no question in my mind that the lifestyle I enjoy today is the result of my education.

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              Ha.

              • KevinB
                • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

                  Last i checked, RideApart didn’t describe itself as a bank. It’s great that people in financial institutions earn tons of dough, but that’s not realistic elsewhere.

                • KevinB

                  No, it’s a marketing company, which is one of the categories you see listed there, but I wasn’t commenting on RideApart or your internship, nor am I saying that you can’t succeed without a formal education. What I am saying, is that anyone who doesn’t believe that a good education will pay off is delusional.

                • roma258

                  All those Ducati Diavels aren’t gonna buy themselves. But still, Commerce ain’t exactly nuclear engineering. Also too, nobody on that link is making six figures.

            • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

              I would like to know what degree/field you think you are getting out of college and making $100k within a year of graduating? Calling shenanigans on that one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

          I’m enjoying mine!

    • rps23
    • socalutilityrider

      Well, the alternative is starting your own business where you risk 100% of your own money and time with no guarantee you will ever see a return on either. The whole enterprise could fail after dumping oceans of time and funds into it because you didn’t have enough experience prior to starting up to provide what the market wanted. An internship can be a great way to accumulate useful experience fast without having to directly fund business start up costs yourself.

  • Jimmy James

    Yup.. total ass-shaft. Maybe you could ask the “intern” to provide free lunch to the “paid” employees? This site.. its over.

  • http://rohorn.com/ rohorn

    Timeline:
    1)Initial posting.
    2)Steady dribble of whinging from low post count trolls who spend lots of time unpaid at a computer anyway (Yet have their own “blogs” or better yet, a tumblur acct!!), but with absolutely nothing to show for it – and never will.
    3)Person with the right sense of ambition and enthusiasm fills post.
    4)Said Person gives interesting account of their time and how it was probably better than the alternatives, such as joining the French Foreign Legion or running old Wehrmacht firearms to Syrian rebels.
    5)Trolls from #2 whinge (again) about how they wish they had that opportunity.
    6)Nobody remembers who the trolls – the sport remembers the good motojournalists.

    • Isambard

      It’s possible to have personally benefitted from internships while disapproving of the practice. In fact, the two often go hand in hand.

      • http://rohorn.com/ rohorn

        Oh I agree completely – adults know that – children never understand that no matter how it is explained.

        I also, uh, mistakenly anticipated lots of the #2 sorts, who clearly didn’t show up after all…

    • nafterli

      Typical.

  • http://twitter.com/GreggCoff Gregg

    tell me more about your super secret lair in culver city

  • Isambard

    Sounds like a kick-ass opportunity for a kid of independent means!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.jones.56481 Jordan Jones

    I would do this in a heart beat, but I already signed up for an engineering co-op for the next few months.

  • BigRooster69

    Why the Glock?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Reliable firepower, even underwater.

      • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

        Does a free Gen1 Glock 19 come with the internship?

        • http://twitter.com/brianhorne8 Brian Horne

          Steve Zissou: Anne-Marie, do all the interns get Glocks?
          Anne-Marie Sakowitz: No, they all share one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julio.rosenfeld Julio Rosenfeld

    Would you be interested in having an unpaid intern in Brazil? I study journalism here, ride a motorcycle on a daily basis, am addicted to motorcycles and need an internship. I should graduate by the end of this year, and I also happen to be an american citizen. If you are interested let me know and I’ll translate my CV, which is currently in portuguese, and send it to you guys.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Sure, can’t hurt in sending it over.

  • Hoover Niebold

    I certainly hope you find one that can get this site to load faster than my fish can eliminate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

    My friend didn’t take a graphic design internship, thought he could get paid a lot right out of college. He is still looking for a job, 2 years later.

  • MeatyBeard

    Live in Hancock Park. Ride a bike. Sold both my cars since the only time I drove them was to move for street cleaning. Would love to do it if I wasn’t already scraping by. Need anyone for “special events” on weekends or evenings?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The place to start is by emailing us as described above.

  • doug durham

    Wes- Either my browser isn’t showing me an email link or I am just plain stupid! I’d like to talk to you.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Right there at the bottom of the article: wes at rideapart dot com.

  • nafterli

    If only I wasnt in Kenya…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mehl.alex Alex Mehl

    “An unpaid internship. Yes, there’s a possibility of a paid position at the end of it, but we’ll be honest, that possibility is slim.”

    Listen guys… it’s 2013. The purpose of an internship is to not only get a foot in the door, but a way to avoid one of the highest-costs of employees – training. Any reputable company treats it as a train-to-hire opportunity. A way to screen candidates. This posting is just insulting. Granted, I am no journalist but this is how business internships work. You guys are asking too much for too little. Good luck finding a top-performer with this wording.

  • disqus_rp7w8HpKZp

    unpaid internship is bullshit, unless there are no performance expectations. If you are requiring them to provide their own tools and work regular hours, you should at least pay minimum wage + lunch. Otherwise it is not an opportunity, it is abuse and a bullshit way for you to get free workforce. And, the old “its how everyone started in this business’ doesn’t make it right….

  • ted

    “No, you will not get to ride free motorcycles.” good luck scrooge

  • John Ashman

    Ummmm, NO, but thanks for asking.

  • Hoover Niebold
  • Apapapa

    This is a wrong way to start and probably will have a bad ending. After ten years on this job (Motorcycle tester) i’m very sorry about the way that editors loose treir souls…

  • Apapapa

    All the things you mentioned as explanation for the “free workers” can be applied in any sector. So your opinion is that everyone should start working in any job for free?
    Probably this opinion would be different if you were in the opposite position. The position of the “in love with motorcycles”, dreemer guy, which I’m sure we both remember well.

  • Rory

    A rich slave too, if mummy and daddy can’t pay for you to work for free you’re fucked. Where are your principles? This is completely shameful.