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Virgin Mobile is on the hunt for the Screw You Recession! summer intern

Canadians will pick Top Five candidates in the ultimate summer job hunt

TORONTO (ONTARIO) April 30, 2009

Virgin Mobile and Screw You Recession! are looking for a financially-savvy summer job seeker to show the recession who’s boss. The winning recessionista will become the Screw You Recession! Summer Intern and spend their days searching for stories, digging for deals, interviewing financial experts, blogging for www.screwyourecession.ca, and just generally telling the recession where to stick it.


What does this savvy mastermind get in return? A paid summer internship at Virgin Mobile, three month’s salary at $2,000 a month, a snazzy new personal laptop, a new Virgin Mobile BlackBerry® 3G smartphone, a Flip™ video camera, and the chance to interview one of the world’s most innovative billionaires, Sir Richard Branson! 


“Job hunting this summer is going to be more difficult than it has been in a long time. This is a one-of-a-kind chance and, except for my job, is probably the coolest gig you can get your hands on,” says Virgin Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nathan Rosenberg. “The winner will be the voice, eyes, and ears of young Canadians and will put their issues and concerns centre stage during these tough times. They’ll represent us at government news conferences and seek out the best money saving deals. They’ll help build www.screwyourecession.ca into the place to go for those in the know. The job isn’t going to be easy, but we can guarantee it will be an amazing three months that could lead to big time opportunities. The icing on the cake is that they’ll get to work for one of the world’s coolest brands.”


Before going through Virgin Mobile’s official interview process with a panel of recession experts, interested candidates will first have to show Virgin Mobile they’ve got what it takes by posting their personal video at www.screwyourecessionintern.com and explain why they should be Canada’s top choice for the job. The five finalists, as voted on by visitors to the site, will then go on for the next round of interviews at Virgin Mobile. The ability to speak and write fluently in both English and French will be a definite asset.


The hunt for the Screw You Recession! Summer Intern is all part of Virgin Mobile’s Screw You Recession! campaign that kicked off earlier this year in February with a huge billboard installation at Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, Canada’s busiest urban intersection, and has been matched by an outdoor and online marketing campaign that focuses on easy tips from real people on how to save cash. More recently Virgin Mobile launched www.screwyourecession.ca – a website that helps people take control of their costs and get a positive, no-holds-barred view on how to beat the recession. The site is packed with money saving tips, tools and other information for every savvy recessionista.


How To Apply To The Screw You Recession! Summer Intern Search


Candidates who think they’ve got what it takes can post their online video and fill out an application at www.screwyourecessionintern.com. Applications open today and close Friday May 15, 2009 at 2 p.m. EDT.


Canada will then vote for their favorite videos via www.screwyourecessionintern.com and in late May the top five applicants will be announced. Virgin Mobile will review the top five finalists and announce the winning intern on June 1, 2009. The winning candidate must be able to work full time for Virgin Mobile for a period of three months over the summer.


About Virgin Mobile


The Virgin Mobile group of companies has attracted more than 12 million customers worldwide. As the No.1 mobile youth network, Virgin Mobile Canada's mission is to be Canada’s most loved mobile company. Its simpler, better deals offer customers control, flexibility and choice to design mobile packages that truly works for them. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Virgin Mobile highest in customer satisfaction with prepaid wireless service for four years in a row  and 91% of customers would recommend Virgin Mobile to a friend.


Virgin Mobile phones are available at more than 4,000 locations with top-up cards available at more than 10,000 locations nationally. Virgin Mobile products can also be purchased online at www.virginmobile.ca or by calling 1-888-999-2321.


For more information, please contact:


Marnie Campbell / Sarah Daly, Veritas Communications
1-416-955-4594 / 1-416-955-4583
campbell@veritascanada.com / daly@veritascanada.com


Chris Baines, Virgin Mobile Canada
1-416-607-8412 / 1-416-556-3000


J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2008 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction StudiesSM. Study based on 14,932 total responses from consumers with prepaid wireless service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in October 2008. www.jdpower.com

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