A lot of elements go into a good application for an internship: A strong CV, stellar recommendations, relevant experience... and the ability to look good in a two-piece?
Czech social media caught up, however causing CEZ to have some second thoughts and the plant operator has apologized for using a Facebook bikini contest to choose their next intern. The victor was to be given a 14-day internship at the plant and the title "Bouncer of Energy", per 9News. "We haven't announced any victor and we apologised".
The employees responsible for managing the plant's Facebook page were asked to rate several high school graduates who just attended a photo session inside the cooling tower. According to the post, the woman with the greatest number of likes was supposed to be crowned "Miss Energy 2017" and score a two-week internship with the company. "Undress and you get an internship - this cannot be serious, it's degrading, disgusting and primitive", one Facebook user commented on the post, according to Deutsche Welle.
"We think photographs are very tasteful", it wrote in a comment on the post. "The combination of beauty and the industrial environment gives an interesting result", the company explained.
A CEZ spokesman told CNET, "We did not want anyone to feel upset".
A day later, the company apologised for the contest and said all 10 contestants would receive internships. It insisted the original intent was to "promote technical education".