If accepted, here's what you can expect - and what you will receive:
Month 1 - Proving Grounds
In your first month as my apprentice you will not be paid. This is not because I am cheap, but because you need to prove that you really want this. Many of the best apprenticeships are unpaid, sometimes for as long as a year, so I don't think 30 days is too unreasonable.
During your first month you will be introduced to my current portfolio of projects, meet all of the people you will be working with across my companies, and get a general handle on project management and workflow. I will train you on my research and analysis processes and we will spend many hours on the phone reviewing documents and talking through your approach.
At the end of the first month we will meet to discuss your performance and decide on moving forward accordingly.
Month 2 - Getting Started
By the beginning of month two we will both have a good idea of how we work together, and you will start getting paid! You will start out as an independent contractor and be paid $12 per hour. This is only temporary - as your capabilities and contributions create more value, you will receive more compensation. By month 3 my goal is to have you producing tangible value, at which time your hourly rate will increase to $25.
Month 3 Through 6
At this point you are becoming part of the team. You are beginning to manage remote resources, handling day to day tasks on projects, and have become my liaison between content teams, designers, and developers. You are still being paid hourly, but are also receiving project-based bonuses.
Month 6 - Make It or Break It
Come month 6 we will meet to discuss what your intentions are moving forward.
If you and I are mutually satisfied with your progress and performance, I will make you an offer for full-time, salaried employment - including relocation if necessary (*Note relocation is why I'm only accepting applicants in North America).
You will come on-board as a full-time team member, given a desk in our Old City, Philadelphia office, receive a shiny new laptop of your choice, be put in charge of projects, and be given a budget to hire and manage resources. At this point you will also now be eligible to receive equity on new projects.
So, Are You Ready? If So, Apply Now ›