Days Inn is accepting applications for what it calls the hottest summer travel gig. It’s certainly a creative idea, it pays quite well, and it comes with top-tier elite status, though you are tasked with making your Days Inn stays look good, so…
Basics of the Days Inn sunternship
Days Inn is looking to hire an adventure seeker eager to make up for a year of lost travel by taking on the role of “suntern,” and visiting America’s sunniest attractions. One person will be chosen to take a two week, cross-country summer trip, intended to inspire others.
Here’s how Days Inn describes the role:
This customizable, two week-long dream job entails safely exploring some of America’s most desirable destinations and creating lasting memories through captured moments. The Suntern’s creative content and “Hot List” of experiences will be featured on the brand’s website and social media channels.
This comes with quite a few perks — in addition to being paid $10,000, the chosen suntern will also receive paid hotel accommodation for two weeks at Days Inn locations in the USA, ground transportation, a $250 daily travel stipend, Wyndham Rewards Diamond status, and a recommendation from a Days Inn executive.
What are the Days Inn suntern’s responsibilities?
The person chosen to be a suntern will have to take a two week trip in August 2021, and document their adventures with unique photo and video content. On top of that, they’ll have to develop a “hot list” of “10 Ways to Seize the Days.” They’ll also have to post to social media to share their travels.
How do you apply to be the Days Inn suntern?
Days Inn is accepting applications for the suntern role through June 1, 2021. In order to apply, you should meet the following qualifications:
- Be a bright and social media savvy travel enthusiast and aspiring photographer
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be a resident of the USA
- Have the ability to travel nationally for two consecutive weeks in August 2021
My take on the Days Inn sunternship
I have two different trains of thought here.
On the one hand, this is a pretty lucrative gig. For a two week trip you’ll be paid $10,000, you’ll get $3,500 in spending money, and you’ll have your accommodation and transportation paid for. You’ll even get top-tier status with a hotel group.
On the other hand:
- It’s smart on Days Inn’s part that the focus seems to be more on sunny destinations rather than hotels as such, since Days Inn’s properties aren’t exactly known for being that photogenic; I’m curious what kind of a mix there will be in coverage between the hotels and the destinations as such
- Ultimately the whole “social media influencer” thing is really lacking substance, and that seems to be what Days Inn is going for here; I wonder if Days Inn will just choose the influencer with the most followers, rather than considering candidates otherwise
- I wish there were an angle to this that made it more of a challenge, rather than just having to seek out sunny destinations, which I could tell you about without taking a trip
Kudos to Days Inn for this unique sunternship opportunity — one lucky person will take a two week trip, and will be paid $10,000, plus have all of their expenses paid, and more.
This is a unique opportunity, and I’m curious to follow along this year and see how good of a job the chosen person does.
What do you make of the Days Inn sunternship opportunity? Are any OMAAT readers applying?