Lonely Planet Writer

These four interns are going to have the summer of their dreams tasting beer and attending festivals

We promise we’re not jealous of Taylor Freeman, Trina-Jo Pardo, Bobby Slotnick and Quinton Kappel, who are spending the summer travelling the world on a beer internship, Well okay, maybe we’re the teeniest bit envious of these four lucky guys and gals being paid to drink beer and have fun for four months. Possibly because our own internships were more along the lines of filing and stapling dusty old documents.

These are the four young people who have won an internship tasting beer for the summer. Image: World Of Beer/Instagram
These are the four young people who have won an internship tasting beer for the summer. Image: World Of Beer/Instagram

The interns were chosen from a pool of more than 7000 applicants to the World Of Beer’s “Drink It” summer internship programme. The Florida-based bar company has more than 70 craft beer taverns, and it was seeking interns to embark on a paid programme that would see them travelling the world for four months, tasting all types of craft beers and attending cool beer festivals and events.

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Applicants, who had to be 21 to be considered, submitted a one-minute video, and then answered interview questions before a live panel of judges in addition to submitting another video in the final round. In return for four months of travelling, drinking beer and documenting their experiences on social media and the World of Beer channel, the successful four chosen are being paid $12,000 plus travel expenses. “The interns will be reporting on a behind-the-scenes look at the beer industry, covering brewery and WOB events, while gaining real-world experience in a professional field that offers limitless possibilities,” the company explained.

An internship will pay someone to travel the world drinking beer. Image: Michael Heffernan
An internship will pay someone to travel the world drinking beer. Image: Michael Heffernan

World of Beer says that the aim of the programme is to connect more restaurants with the brewing industry, and to help educate beer lovers about all the different kinds of beer that are on offer. Follow Taylor, Trina-Jo, Bobby and Quinton’s adventures this summer here, and we’ll all try not to turn pea-green as we gaze on at the fun they’re having.

Check out Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour, which describes the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit in 30 countries around the world.