Vote for the best Zombie Internship entry

15 Mar

Our Zombie Internship Contest received many remarkable entries. Our genuine thanks and admiration to everyone who submitted. There was a lot of funny, imaginative stuff. We know you worked hard.

But in our red, lifeless eyes, four really stood out.

Tough decision. So we would like to ask your help in choosing the best submission.

This is not a design competition. The graphic designers would have the edge if it was. It’s about passion, imagination, gallows humour. It’s about taking a theme and running with it, letting your personality shine through along the way. Attitude is more important here than style.

That said, they all have plenty of both.

Click on the pics to check out their entries, then vote at the end of this post for your favourite.



Bryan Dwyer, a 2nd year marketing student at Camosun College in Victoria, was first out of the gate. He created a unique profile on Twitter (@zombie_intern) and hit us up with a card during the week to drive us to a website. He tweeted zombie-only content throughout the contest.

Danny Prew, a 2nd year graphic design student at the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria, created a website and filmed a video, a parody of our own, which he posted on YouTube. He also zombified his Twitter profile (@dannyprew) and tweeted much zombie content.

Cale Frombach, a 4th year BBA marketing and communications student at Camosun College, (@calefrombach) created a blog post directing us to a zombie hunter website, which was a clever and comprehensive reskinning of the Copeland website. He even zombified Oliver, the office pug.

Brad Tribbeck (@bradtribbeck), a 4th year marketing student at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, got his entry in just under the wire. He made a presentation in mock power point style to state his putrifying marketing credentials. He directed us there via a blog post.

The poll is now closed



40 Responses to “Vote for the best Zombie Internship entry”

  1. Renee March 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I can see why this is difficult. All of them are fantastic!

  2. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    No kidding huh! Even getting down to these 4 was hard.

  3. Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Fantastic work you have inspired with this contest — kudos first to Doug and Copeland for the idea. You’ve ignited some passionate creativity (both graphically and in writing) from some ambitious and thoughtful disciples. My only thought, for all applicants, and for Copeland, is that I’m curious to know how much this exercise in creativity, self-motivation and selling oneself translates into awesome interns, and potential future employees. I’m not doubting it will, but because (I believe) you are not actually interviewing anyone, you are solely judging by the entries, I hope you will post about the end results during and following the internships. It would be great to see the quality of the entries reflected in the actual personality/work ethic/’fit’ of the successful candidate(s) — it’s an interesting experiment in that regard as well!

    Bottom line: I voted, and notwithstanding my comments above, I think you won’t lose with whoever you select — be it for writing, design and/or account services. A great opportunity for all involved — and thanks for sharing the process and outcome publicly. Lots of effort, but hopefully some great learnings and outcomes, too!

  4. March 15, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Whoops — I’m “Anonymous” — I think I missed entering my email/name in my haste to submit. Sorry ’bout that.

  5. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I thought I recognized you, even cloaked in anonymity. We will of course want to meet with the individual before we have them lurking about our hallways. But your other points are well made Reg. These are some great, dedicated minds. And fun people too.

  6. March 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    love the irony of Danny Prew’s “foot in the door”.
    all websites are great but Danny’s seems to stick out.
    Great work!

  7. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks Robbie. You know, from my perspective, a foot in the door beats a CV in the Inbox any day.

  8. zombland March 15, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Great entries all around, good luck everyone!

  9. amy j March 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    (I’m in love with Drew. Just sayin’.)

    Doug, did I ever tell you the time that a company in Toronto took out an ad in the G&M asking for a writer that was out of the ordinary, creative and fun who didn’t play by the rules.

    I sent in my application with an advance letter from a psychiatrist named Dr. Schadenfreude who shared all of my many and divergent psychological proclivities. I showed it to Tim and he laughed and laughed and then nada. Not a peep from them.

    Just want to say kudos to you for asking for fun and celebrating where these awesome kids took it, yo.

  10. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    You mean Danny Prew? Is that his nick? Drew? I didn’t even know. How did you know from all the way over there? Is this some kind of zombie telepathy?

    On a less paranoid note, thank you. I couldn’t be more excited to see the skills of these four individuals on display for Victoria and points beyond to see. Bummer that they laughed at your idea and then went all conventional. No such fate awaits these guys.

  11. Felice March 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Great entries, very tough to choose. I thought that Cale’s entry showed a shed load of amazing work – designing an entire website must have ent(r)ailed a few all-nighters. But, he’s a zombie hunter, not a zombie. Technicality, I know, but in this digtial age, is that like having a typo on your old paper resumé?

    I’ve cast my vote. May the best zombie win…

  12. Amy March 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    These are all awesome! You sure you only need one intern? Crazy hard to decide.
    Although, the creative use of the Copeland logo in Danny’s entry may sway me . . .

  13. Felice March 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    BTW Cale, please don’t track me down if you don’t make it..I’m not a zombie, honest.

  14. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    > You know Felice, I reckon Cale’s take is valid. A zombie hunter is definitely within the theme. Showed a good bite of originality too; an interesting take on it.

    What I admire about all the entries was the crazy creative copy. These guys are all funny and sharp and out there!

    > Amy you didn’t call Danny “Drew” like the other Amy. I don’t think your zombie telepathy is firing. But yes I agree! An impossible choice. Like deciding which of your children you like best. Or your toes.

  15. zombland March 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    No worries Felice! I just had the zombie hunter idea after a few brews and decided to roll with it.

    That said…

    Verified Zombies:
    [✔] Felice
    [✔] Doug Brown
    [✔] Bryan Dwyer
    [✔] Danny Prew
    [✔] Brad Tribbeck

  16. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Hey Cale, how come you left the Amys off your list! They went all gaga for Danny “Drew” Prew!

  17. zombland March 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    They’re definitely on the suspicious list, don’t have enough information yet to verify though!

  18. Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve had a lot of unique nicknames in the past:
    – Prewbacca
    – Prewvian Warlord
    – Prewbiotic Yogurt
    – The Grand Prewba

    but the simplicity of “Drew” has never dawned on me…thanks Amy’s!

  19. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    My favourite nickname for you though is Anonymous. Like a nameless zombie.

  20. Brad March 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Cale, thanks for the list. I’m looking into sending all verified zombies a Dr. Scholl’s sample pack.

  21. Bryan Dwyer March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    It took me a full day to change my shirt; I have no idea how I’m going to get new insoles into my shoes.

    And Cale, all it takes is one bite buddy. Just one.

  22. Danny March 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Ah, we all know what happens to people who stand up for themselves in times of impending Zombie outbreaks anyways…

  23. Bryan Dwyer March 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I must have played that episode 10 times over in my head during this contest. “Is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare?”

  24. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    (This is where the agency guy just shuts up and lets the zombies interact and do their thing.)

  25. Janis La Couvée March 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    No zombie lady intern candidates! Wow.

    Awesome work from the 4 candidates above. Such ingenuity.

  26. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    There was a single lady candidate Janis…not a finalist however. I couldn’t agree more about the time and effort and humour that went into these entries. We think we’ve found some great cultural fits!

  27. Lauren Barnard March 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Amazing entries… Love the banter between the Zombie Interns!
    Cale has ingenuity with the mask of Copland’s own website (plus a Zombie hunter 100% counts) and I love ‘DREW’s’ foot in the door- Genius!

    Tough choice! Good Luck boys!

  28. Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Looks like some great competition. I am partial to Danny being his instructor, but he’s a fantastic designer, and hopefully he took a lot from my Marketing classes to carry him through his internship. Very talented young man for sure.

    Terrance Lam

  29. Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I really dig the undead Twitter bird found in liaison with Danny Prew’s submission. All entries are great, but the different layout and smooth execution found in DPs’ entry really shows a great deal of effort and skill. The content found in the portfolio section is super impressive and I love the distinct style carried throughout. Looking forward to seeing more of this young artists work!

    Best of luck to all the contestants!

  30. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    > Thanks for that comment Lauren. I agree with you on all counts. Including what a tough choice it is.

    > Good to hear from you Terrance. Drew’s really put his talent on display in his entry. Lots of good stuff. He’s got a good Zombie growl too.

    > Anonymous, are you Drew’s mom??

  31. Danny March 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    My mom doing something on a computer beyond playing minesweeper? that would be the day.

    Thanks for the kind words Anonymous.

  32. barry hill March 16, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Not too shabby copy skills either!

  33. dougbrowncreative March 16, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    These guys know their way around zombie lingo, that’s for sure Baz.


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