Lonely Planet Writer

Get paid $10,000 to travel the US for a month taking sun-soaked photographs

Haven’t made your summer plans yet? Then it’s probably a good time to apply for an internship that will pay you US$10,000 to travel the US for a month taking photographs.

Travel and earn money with a new “sun-tern” job with Days Inn. Image by Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury/Getty Images

Hotel chain Days Inn by Wyndham has announced that it is looking for a “sun-tern”, an aspiring photographer with a passion for the outdoors who can travel across the country “and capture the sun in all of its glory.” As the hotel brand’s logo features a sun, the company wants their new short-term staffer to travel between America’s sunniest cities to take pictures of things like sunrise yoga in San Diego or a sunset sailing ride in Miami. As the successful applicant travels, their photos will be posted on the Days Inn website, its social media channels and even the walls of its hotels as some of the images taken will be featured in the rooms at some locations.

Travel and earn money with a new “sun-tern” job with Days Inn. Image by Days Inn

There are a few necessary qualities that the lucky intern must have: you must be a creative, aspiring photographer, be at least 21 years old and a US resident, and have the ability to travel around the country for a month. On top of that, it helps to have a passion for travel and, as the hotel notes, “familiarity with applying sunscreen.” The rewards come in the form of a $10,000 stipend, as well as having travel expenses covered for a month of travel, and Wyndham Rewards Diamond status.

Travel and earn money with a new “sun-tern” job with Days Inn. Image by Days Inn

If that sounds like the perfect way to spend one month of your summer, applicants have to submit their best original outdoor photos, along with a 100-word description of why they are great for the job, to daysinn.com/suntern by 20 May.

Or, if a month of travel just doesn’t sound like enough for you, check out this job listing that will allow you to travel the world with a group for an entire year.