We love the work we do and we're pretty lucky to get to do it. If cultural insights and strategy interests you too, applying for an internship at Crowd DNA Sydney is a great way to get started. Culture Club kicks off again now...
Crowd DNA’s Culture Club is a carefully designed four month internship program that brings rigour and quality to those seeking experience in insight and strategy.
You can get to work in any one, or across, our four main specialisms: strategic insights (qualitative research), Crowd Signs (trends, semiotics, unstructured data), Crowd Numbers (quantitative research), Socialise (creative and editorial).
Shaped from observations, conversations and an ambition to truly meet with contemporary needs, Culture Club comes in four stages:
Culture Relevance: immersion in Crowd DNA’s training modules on what we mean by culture, how it manifests and why it matters to brands
How We Work With Culture: exploring the methods and frameworks that we use at Crowd DNA to get close to culture and then to derive strategic meaning from it
Practical Application: theory’s all good, but you learn so much from getting involved; at Culture Club you’ll get to work (in a meaningful fashion) on a number of projects, and at various point along the timeline
Culture Wrap: we don’t just wave you away with a thank you card. Concluding the programme, there’s a coaching session with a senior member of the Crowd DNA team, including recommendations on next steps, what to learn more about etc. We want you to leave us primed and excited for what’s next.
In fact, we don’t necessarily want you to leave us. We offer permanent roles to circa 25% of those who come on board for an internship at Crowd DNA. And even when we’re not able to offer this, the vast majority of those who spend time with us end up someplace very exciting, in fields such as insight, advertising, media and beyond.
No intern is left just making coffee at Crowd DNA. We encourage cultural curiosity and the opportunity to experience myriad aspects of our work. Importantly, we also hope to imprint on those who join us, the importance of adaptability (one of our values is Everything Is Changing, after all) in the future workplace.
Our internships are paid minimum wage and we’re committed to offering an inclusive and exciting place to work.
How To Apply…
We’re not asking for CVs and we absolutely do not require you to come to Culture Club armed with a degree (though they’re of course good, too!), nor to be the loudest person in the room. But we do expect to see evidence that, in your own way, you have an active interest in culture and brands, and where they intersect (we can teach you the insight and strategy bits).
For starters, please complete this form and we’ll pick up on the conversation from there.
Or to find out more about Culture Club, get in touch with Crowd DNA’s head of people, Alexandra Smith. They will be able to share more details, find out what’s important to you, and discuss opportunities.
PS – We know that you have other things going on (study/kids/other jobs/getting out and living life after the two years that have just been). We are super open to a part-time/flexible arrangement and making something work for you.
Here’s some feedback from some of our former Culture Club recruits
“On my first day of Culture Club, I was out on the streets interviewing young athletes. It’s a real crash course in the world of insight and strategy, and Crowd is the sort of place where you can put your hand up for anything and get involved. As someone who had a real interest in culture, but no idea of what sort of career that could give me, Culture Club was a great launchpad – and I’m still here 14 months later!”
“I discovered Crowd when I was studying for my masters. I wanted a career change after working in education management and I thought that insight would be ideal for me. I like meeting new people, exploring ideas and being creative. But to get into a new industry, I knew I would need experience (both for my CV and for myself), so I thought an internship was a good way to go. On my first day at the Hoxton Square office, everyone was friendly, open and super smart. I got stuck in and started working with some huge brands from the get-go. In my first month, I worked on an online community, conducted interviews and even went on fieldwork. I was completely trusted, and that’s what I liked about the internship: I wasn’t treated like an intern at all. I was part of the team. Now that I’m a consultant, I take a lead role on projects for major clients, receive regular training and feel supported in all areas of my progression. Interning at Crowd was a great choice for me at a crucial turning point in my career.”
“I wasn’t made to feel like an intern at all during my internship at Crowd, I felt a lot of trust from the other team members and got stuck into lots of different tasks from day one. Everyone is really nice and supportive and there’s a great team spirit.”
“Interning at Crowd was a really fun and rewarding experience. Over the course of the internship, I was able to try out loads of different skills, from vox pops to qualitative and quantitative analysis. I gained hands-on experience of the different research methods and how they inform cultural strategy. After my internship, I moved into the Crowd Numbers team as an executive.”