Application requirements


Who can Apply: 

You need to be 18 to 25 years old and meet all the criteria listed in the official rules. Yeah, you gotta’ read the rules!

You need to be computer savvy, self-motivated, outgoing, a writer, videographer and generally awesome! Check out the full job description to make sure this job is for you.

Your application must:

  • Include a link to your current portfolio hosted online or attached as documents and links,

  • Your portfolio or attachments must include examples of your writing, videos you have created, and any other examples of your work demonstrating creativity, technical skills and experience. 

  • Include a written statement (maximum 500 words) describing how you would use your creativity and skills in the Spokester position; how you would bring a unique perspective to the role and what personal goals, vision and expectations you would set for yourself for your year as Young & Free Maine Spokester. 
  • Include a current photograph and resume.
  • Be complete and submit your application before the deadline at 3:00 p.m. May 19, 2014.

How to apply:

Complete the application form online, including link to your portfolio or attachments and links to examples of your work,  the written statement, current photograph and resume.

How to be selected as Spokester:

  • Finalists will be selected and required to attend an in-person interview between May 27 and May 30.  Finalists will be given all the details and instructions.
  • The Top 3 Finalists will move on to the "If I were a Spokester" phase and be required to produce another video and blog, due by June 13 at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Public votes will be a factor in your chance to be chosen for the ultimate job. Voting takes place June 16 to 27.
  • Candidates activity on social media during the If I were a Spokester phase will also be considered.  
  • The applicant to be awarded the job as the Young & Free Maine Spokester will be determined based on his or her application, additional submissions, pubic votes and suitability for the job.

About the "If I were a Spokester Phase": 

  • As a finalists in this phase you will be featured on the Young & Free Maine web site, required to produce a short video and write a sample blog post, and encouraged to engage on social media and get public votes.
  • Your video must be based on the written statement you provided in the application phase, describing how you would use your creativity and skills in the Spokester position; how you would bring a unique perspective to the role and what personal goals, vision and expectations you would set for yourself for your year as Young & Free Maine Spokester. 
  • Your blog post must be financial-specific. Your challenge is to make finance fun!  

About voting: 

  • Why a voting phase?  The Young & Free Maine Spokester is charged with both representing Maine's 18 to 25 year-old crowd, as well as educating this demographic. Having a voting phase allows you to demonstrate your ability to connect with peers, while challenging you to maximize social media engagement. 20% of the decision on who will be the 2014 Spokester will be based on this online voting. 
  • The use of online vote garnering sites or automated vote generating systems is not allowed.
  • There is a limit of one vote per legitimate email address.
  • Votes suspected of being made via a vote garnering site, under multiple identities, or through the use of any method to vote in excess of the permitted number will be disqualified.

IMPORTANT: Since a huge part of this job is about you creating awesome videos, you must produce your application video by yourself including scripting, editing and uploading. It is really important that whoever gets the Spokester job is thoroughly capable of producing his or her own videos. 

Questions?

Make sure to read the job description, and official rules pages, the answer you are looking for may already be there. If not, please send us an email at youngfreemaine@gmail.com. We'll get back to you within 24 hours. If you send your question on the weekend, we'll get back to you on Monday.

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Key dates

  • Public voting:
    June 16 at 3 p.m. to June 27 at 3 p.m. 
  • Top 3 blogs and videos due:
    June 13 at 3 p.m.
  • Spokester named: 
    By June 28