Top 10 announced for (2nd) best job in the world

    31,000 votes cast in the race for Screw You Recession's Summer Intern

    Richard Branson adds his fave five wild cards into the Top Ten

    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - Sure, being the caretaker of your own tropical
island for a year might sound like the best job in the world, but what about
those pesky tan lines? The irritating feeling of sand in your board shorts?
The voting is over in the race for the second best job in the world, and the
Top Ten recession-savvy entries, as voted by Canadians and Richard Branson
himself, have been chosen in the race for Virgin Mobile's Screw You Recession!
Summer Intern.
    A whopping 31,000 votes were cast over the past four weeks with the top
five making it to the next round. Virgin Group Founder (and recessionista in
his own right) Richard Branson was so impressed by the creativity and awesome
energy of the video entries that he also selected his own fave five videos.
All ten recession revolutionaries will now move on to the interview round
before the big winner is announced during the week of June 8, 2009.
    "I was thrilled to see how many of the video entries were spot on about
how to help young people survive the recession and how extremely creative they
were at the same time," said Richard Branson. "That kind of passion, fun, and
outside-the-box-thinking is exactly what Virgin is all about, and I'm very
interested to see which winning intern we'll be working with."
    From mock hip-hop videos to bikini-clad beach interviews to cash-saving
superheroes, the search for the Screw You Recession! Summer Intern brought in
50 top-notch entries. While people got passionate about the summer job hunt,
they also poked a little fun at the lengths people are going to in the search
for work during the recession.
    "We're totally blown away by the passion and fun all the potential
interns put into their videos," says Virgin Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer,
Nathan Rosenberg. "The leading candidates changed almost every hour over the
past few weeks and we saw a massive surge in votes on the final day of voting
as the candidates' campaigns went into overdrive. There's clearly been a lot
of Facebooking going on."
    "With so many hot entries, and 31,000 votes, it's clear that the Screw
You Recession! Summer Intern Search is the 2nd best job in the world right
now," continued Rosenberg, "But that doesn't mean our Intern will have it
easy. Though they will have a laptop, a BlackBerry(R) 3G smartphone, and a
noticeable lack of poisonous tropical spiders, they'll also need to be the
voice, eyes, and ears of young Canadians during these tough economic times.
They'll be on the recession frontlines looking for deals, tips to save cash,
and helping followers of get into top chic-onomic
financial shape."
    Before going through Virgin Mobile's official interview process with a
panel of recession experts, candidates had to show Virgin Mobile they've got
what it takes by posting their personal video at and explaining why they should be Canada's top
choice for the job. The five finalists, as voted by Canadians, plus Richard
Branson's fave five have now been selected for interviews with Virgin Mobile.
Interviews will take place over the next week with the winner announced during
the week of June 8. Stay tuned!

    Canada's Top Five Candidates

    -  Thaddeus Bolton (Peterborough, ON)
    -  Ryan Cassidy (Port Coquitlam, BC)
    -  Christina Chu (Toronto, ON)
    -  Romi Levine (Toronto, ON)
    -  Lucas Meyer (Toronto, ON)

    Richard's Fave Five

    -  D.J. Demers (Waterloo, ON)
    -  Andrea Guernsey (Toronto, ON)
    -  Melissa Janke (Burnaby, BC)
    -  Trevor McManus (Surrey, BC)
    -  George Panayotou (Toronto, ON)

    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(1) 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 or by calling

    (1) J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2008 Canadian Wireless Customer
        Satisfaction Studies(SM). 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.

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