WordPress Internship at TwoFeetThick.com

by John Reynolds on March 3, 2010

TwoFeetThick.com is seeking an intern with responsibilities including general website maintenance and research.

Background

As we state, TwoFeetThick.com “has presented original articles on Pearl Jam’s music and history, including the Pearl Jam Concert Chronology” since 2003. For the past year (wow, is it only just a year?), the website has been hosted on the WordPress platform and we are looking for someone with experience in that area.

Ok, let’s drop the formal talk for a second. What’s the real deal here? On April 5, we will enter our eighth year of putting our Pearl Jam thoughts into words and pictures, and we are looking for ways to deliver to our readers all the good stuff that is in our brains more quickly and efficiently.

Responsibilities

We are looking for the following:

  • A motivated individual looking to develop their website management experience
  • Experience with WordPress is mandatory
  • Experience with HTML/CSS/PHP is preferred, but not mandatory
  • Duties will include
    • WordPress site and theme configuration
    • Research on new features and plugins
    • Formatting of drafts of new articles
    • Maintenance of article tagging and SEO optimization
  • You don’t have to be a Pearl Jam fan. Seriously. But it would be nice ;)

Our expectation is that this internship will last for 3 months and we are asking for 5-10 hours a week of work.

Since the beginning, I have been the sole programmer of TwoFeetThick.com. The experience was invaluable and you can’t imagine how much this site has meant towards my personal – and professional – development. For that reason, we are offering this internship as a way of giving someone a chance to gain legitimate Website maintenance experience, and contribute an item to their resume during these challenging times that may help them in a future career on the Internet.

For better or worse, TwoFeetThick.com has no revenue because we do display advertisements (laughably, we tried Amazon referrals and have earned a whopping $5.14 in five years).  Therefore this is not a paid internship, sorry.

How to Apply

To apply, please email us at internships@twofeetthick.com. You don’t have to attach your resume, but make sure to at least include links to a site or sites that you’ve worked on and describe your role on that site. We will acknowledge the receipt of all applications, and after a review period, contact you for follow-ups and convey the status of your application.

What this really means

In reality, we’ve been working on this site for over eight years, if you include the time it took to put together the site. Back in those days, I created the site in Java and that served its purpose for many years. However, as time went on – and as time became a hot commodity – we needed to improve the site by delivering news, more articles and a better way to update the Concert Chronology.  Basically, reduce time programming and increase time writing.

Now that we’ve been on WordPress for a year, our ability to update the site frequently has increased tenfold.  We’ve also harnessed the power of the community with our recent request for Concert Chronology submissions.

This is not where it will end. We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2010, and as they enter their 20th year as a band, our passion for working on this site will continue for as long as Pearl Jam’s passion for making music endures.

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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