“@kanyewest will follow you.”
With that simple statement, senior marketing major Mike Vosters began his run to become a social media intern for Charlie Sheen. Monday, Vosters advanced to the top 50 in the competition, which originally included over 81,000 applicants.
If he is selected for the position, Vosters would work eight weeks in the summer, according to the internship’s website. Although Vosters said he was unsure what he will have to do for the fourth round, he said he was excited to start working to move on in the process.
The prompt for the initial screening to apply was to answer, in 70 characters, why he should be selected for the internship. Vosters said he mentioned Kanye West because West has over 3 million followers on Twitter, but follows no one.
“At this point, my mind set is go for it,” Vosters said. “There is no other option but to actually get this. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something inside me that says, ‘Go for it.'”
He applied as a joke after his friends suggested that he should apply, Vosters said.
A few weeks later he said he received an email that he had advanced to the second round. After submitting résumé information, he later learned via another email that he had moved on to the third round, where he said things got serious.
“I started looking at applicants and there were radio hosts; these people are incredibly qualified,” Vosters said. “It’s definitely an honor to be a part of that group.”
At the next level, he chose to answer one question out of three, asking how he would raise money for a natural disaster campaign through social media if he was part of an aid organization.
Instead of just answering the question, Vosters said he just did it — by starting a campaign to raise money for disaster relief in response to the Japanese earthquake. The website generated about $575 in 48 hours, Vosters said.
“I can’t believe the amount of support I was able to generate in 48 hours,” Vosters said. “[It was] a huge testament to the TCU community and how they care for their own.”
Vosters said he has a job lined up with an advertising agency in New York for next fall that will not conflict with the internship if he is selected. However, he said he’s not focused on that right now.
“I’m just thinking about getting there in the first place,” he said. “If it happens, my life will definitely be changed forever, and I wouldn’t stop smiling for a long period of time.”
After the whole process, Vosters said he was very grateful for all the help he has received from his peers.
“I’d like to thank the TCU community, faculty, friends, family — everybody,” Vosters said. “They really helped me through that last round, and helped me raise money, putting it out on social media.”
Extended interview with top 50 Tiger Blood Intern candidate, Mike Vosters