Trend Hunter is one of Canada's most award-winning online businesses and we've entered a new period of rapid growth. In 2014, we more than tripled our staff with the addition of our Trend Advisory service. Every month, top-tier innovators at brands like Adidas, Samsung, Hasbro and Budweiser rely on our cutting edge trend research to find better ideas, faster. We are rapidly expanding, especially in business development, research and sales.
By joining Trend Hunter, you will build skills, have fun, challenge yourself, and learn while getting huge exposure. Writers will build huge portfolios and get millions of views, while business development and research experts will interact with some of the world's most powerful innovators while building new skills and experience. Plus, those who are ambitious will receive full time offers to join our growing, exciting team and the #1 most popular, largest trend spotting website.
All of the internship programs are fully paid positions with an upside to increase your wage based on your work. We've also converted roughly 30 internship positions into full time roles, which, based on your interest, could involve a full time position in writing, research, client relations or other areas of our growing business.
• Wall Street Journal Workplace of the Day "An Office as Hip as Its Occupants"
• Awarded, "One of Canada's Most Innovative Companies" - Canadian Innovation Exchange
• Canada's Best Start-up Work Culture - Techvibes
• Globe and Mail Amazing Space - Globe and Mail
• Office Culture Profiled on CNN, National Post, Globe and Mail, Rogers TV, BNN, Toronto Star, CityTV
Within Canada, there is simply no other journalism internship or research job that can compare. While junior people and interns at old-school publications are fetching coffees and making copies, our new teammates are learning the cutting edge of social media and trend research while building their portfolios, interviewing celebrities, attending PR events, starring in videos, enjoying weekly beer parties, and being a part of something epic. And the kicker is that amidst all the good times, your work will get exposure to our massive audience, which is large enough to fill the Air Canada Centre 100 times every month.
Trend Hunter dominates the Canadian media in online traffic, which is important because you'll be learning the skills about how online publishing works. It can be discouraging as a new grad looking for experience to see that Canada's traditional media outlets lag in the digital world, but this stems from our nation's conservatism in business and education. We're trying to change that by pushing the limits of innovation, teaching you the cutting edge and giving you massive exposure to launch your career.
Our Toronto journalism internship and intro jobs are more like a training program that allow you to build your skills while allowing you to get experience in fashion, technology, advertising, the environment and design. Our junior team members get firsthand experience working at one of the planet's most popular online publications and exposure to our 60,000,000 views per month. After a month or two of curriculum, you'll get to drive exciting projects, which have included: TV scriptwriting, publicity stunt design, attending and covering Fashion Week, PR launch strategies, Trend Report research and interviews with celebrities like: DVF, Adrianna Lima, Candace Swanpoel, Kenny Hotz, the CEO of Rolls Royce and the CEO of Ikea.
The Curriculum - In addition to the hands-on work, you'll go through dozens of seminars on topics including sessions on each of the following: social media, copyright, seo, writing with zest, style zest, top lists, brands, supercharging titles, millennials in the workforce, resume writing, interviewing, online marketing, high traffic articles, writing for speed, advanced grammar (we'll make it fun, don't worry), social good and our feel smarter Friday keynote.org sessions. There are also group workshops, individual project training (based on your interests), and individual feedback sessions.
Feedback & Training - We'll invest time in your skills! In addition to one-on-one feedback sessions and training, you will receive ongoing writing feedback and editing of your work. For a typical internship, this will add up to 40 hours of editing time and feedback per intern, which will help improve your writing skills, boost your variability and sharpen your title skills. We'll also coach you and motivate you to achieve your writing goals.
Experience Not Tasks - All of your effort will be spent learning and honing your writing, social media or video skills. We don't think an intern should have to fetch coffees, answer phones or do mundane tasks. This is more like a school. :)
Those hired into the Business Development program will develop a wide range of sales and research skills as they immerse themselves in Trend Hunter’s business model and sales strategies. Our program offers business students the unique opportunity to join a fast-growing consumer research firm while connecting and interacting with C-Suite executives at many of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies.
The program is looking for highly ambitious, infectiously positive, creative and determined individuals who are looking to enhance their consumer research knowledge and sales skills.
Trend Hunter includes multiple brands, including: TrendHunter.com, FutureFestival.com, Keynotes.org, SocialBusiness.org and TrendReports.com. Depending on our latest goals and your interests, there will be many unique opportunities for you to develop your skills in our program. Here's a highlight of each brand:
TrendHunter.com - Supercharge Innovation! Followed by more than 2,500,000 fans, Trend Hunter is #1 in the world of trends, and the anchor of all our brands. Most of your work will be on TrendHunter.com
Future Festival - Get involved in Future Festival! Trend Hunter's Future Festival is specifically designed to be the world's best innovation conference—a place for the world's top innovators to prototype their future.
Keynotes.org - Get inspired! Followed by more than 150,000 fans, Keynotes.org is a collection of the world's greatest keynote videos and speakers. After her internship, we hired Jaime Neely, to run this brand.
SocialBusiness.org - Save the world! Social Business is dedicated to businesses that have a positive impact on the world. Intern graduate Tiana Reid now manages this brand and its community pages.
TrendReports.com - Make the world a smarter place! We hired intern graduates Taylor Keefe and Jamie Munro to work on developing Trend Reports into a more prominent part of our company.
JeremyGutsche.com - Innovate! Our CEO is an international keynote speaker and an award-winning author working on his next book. His past book included a shout out to the interns that helped add a little salt and pepper to the book's zest!
Learning highly employable social media skills, our journalism interns and video editing interns build huge portfolios, giving them an edge in the competitive world of journalism and digital media.
From MTV and The National Post to AOL and the United Nations, our interns have graduated our program into some pretty cool roles. Plus, we've hired 22 full time and 20 as contributing editors. Here's a sample list of where our graduates have gone after the Toronto journalism internship:
• Traditional Media - MTV, National Post, National Geographic, TSN, Food Network, Slice, HGTV, Chatalaine
• Social Media - Trend Hunter (17 full time, 20 freelance), VICE, AOL, iVilliage, Aha Moment Media, MacMedia, ThinkContra, MediaEdge, StilltheLovely, Zalora, Independent Freelance
• Social Good - United Nations, SocialBusiness.org (Trend Hunter's sister site)
• Community Managers - Gladstone, Rent Frock Repeat, The Lavin Agency
• Advertising - Leo Burnett, Ogilvy, Taxi, The Brand Factory, Trend Collective
• School - UCLA (MBA), Colombia (Masters), Waterloo, Queen's, U of T, Humber College
• Media Appearances - CityTV, Fox News, Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, CP24, BNN, Shaw
As you might expect, Trend Hunter's Toronto office exudes cool. Located near Queen and SoHo, the office is a lofty brick and beam open concept space. A media wall, projected scoreboard, beer fridge, fireplace, and British phone booth are just a few examples of how this space is extremely unique (not to mention all of our wonderful Toronto writers, research experts and editors).
At Trend Hunter, our days aren't just about having an awesome time writing stellar articles about the most interesting stuff on the planet. Sometimes we also have fun.
You are an ambitious, enthusiastic and outgoing self-starter looking to learn more about journalism or business development. You crave the cutting edge and love the latest in fashion, tech, design, pop culture and viral videos. You are ambitious and web 2.0 savvy (ie. you understand social media, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the blogosphere.)
Trend Hunter does grant college credit, where applicable. You must already be based in Ontario. We offer a set curriculum, workshops and coaching, which requires your availability to work full time (M-F; 8:30-5) in our Toronto office.
Note: Getting a Trend Hunter internship or intro role is a competitive process. You should make yourself very familiar with the website.