In Canada, Zulu puts up paid jobs for grabs instead internships

Advertising, Business

In Canada, Zulu ad agency puts up for grabs paid jobs instead of internships for the students looking to make a career in the field.

Considering all the stories about interns being strung along contract after contract with low pay, no benefits and no job security and those of agencies pouring money and resources into internship programs with not much to show in return, Zulu Alpha Kilo decided to launch the “$40k A Year Employeeship”, an initiative that gives any soon to be or recent graduate seeking an internship as an agency Art Director, Designer, or Copywriter, the chance to forego an internship all together. Zulu believes this new program will help attract the brightest young talent to the agency without all the ambiguities that come with an internship.

We were inundated with an overwhelming amount of intern requests this year. We decided to create real jobs instead (…) We figured a “$40K a Year Employeeship” with a $5,000 signing bonus was one way to attract the best up and coming talent.

Zak Mroueh,

Chief Creative Officer & Founder Zulu Alpha Kilo

To apply, students or would-be interns should email with a link to their book and a written submission of 50 words or less explaining what their best piece of work is and why. Applications for the “$40K a Year Employeeship” program will be accepted from March 1 until March 17, 2017.

The top 10 applicants will be invited to participate in a rigorous four hour paid interview involving a gauntlet of creative tasks. The two finalists who perform best will get a full-time, $40k a year permanent job with full benefits – and an on the spot $5,000 signing bonus.


  • Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
  • Creative Director: Zak Mroueh
  • Art Director: Manali Kulkarni
  • Writer: Dylan Verwey
  • Agency Producers: Kari Macknight Dearborn, Laura Dubcovsky, Tara Handley
  • Studio Artists: Greg Heptinstall, Andrew Martin, Amanda Braun
  • Account Team: Hazel de Vela
  • Production House: zulubot
  • Video Post Facility / Editing Company: zulubot
  • Editor: Jay Baker, Mike Headford