A YouTube prankster filmed himself approaching businessmen to see if he could trick them into giving him an internship.
Student Julius Dein, 21, from London, decided to find out just how hard it is to get an internship so he donned a suit strolled around London’s Canary Wharf, pretending to be a desperate student looking for a break.
He began his experiment by walking into the reception area of a large office building and calling: ‘Can anyone help me find an internship? I need to get an internship or I’m getting kicked out of the house.’
YouTube prankster Julius Dean appears desperate to find an internship – but it’s all an elaborate Youtube ruse
In the video of his prank, he is seen asking at the reception desk for Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte and when asked what floor he works on, Julius replied, ‘probably on the top floor’.
Julius, who is also a magician, then walked up to a table of businessmen enjoying cups of coffee with the opening line ‘excuse me, you all look like successful chaps. My school sent me here to find an internship. Are there any on offer?’
One man replied ‘not today I’m afraid’, to which Julius asked if there were are any internships available tomorrow, because after all, he has school today.
He is seen trying to sell himself by insisting that his skills include making good coffee and being an excellent salesman, a talent he demonstrates by attempting to sell the men a pen for £10, saying, ‘this pen is the best pen you’re ever going to find’.
One of his targets replied that he prefers to use a pencil to which Julius hit back that it’s useful for when he doesn’t want his writing to be rubbed out, such as when signing documents.
Eventually one of the men asked him if he has a business card, and Julius replied, ‘no, I’m still at school’.
He shouts that he needs an internship into the lobby of an office building, before asking the reception to let him up to the top floor because he needs to see the CEO of Deloitte. Unsurprisingly, it’s unsuccessful
Julius asks a table of businessmen having coffee if there are any internships on offer – and ends up being given a business card from a commercial director. He tries to sell them a pen for £10 to show him sales skills
In fact, Julius’s persistence appeared to pay off and the commercial director ended up giving him his details and telling to drop him an email.
Not everyone was so accommodating, however. When Julius attempted to ask two men having a business meeting, one of them told him: ‘You are at the point now where if I see you in my building for any kind of interview, I’ll ask the person interviewing you to make you leave.
The video also shows another man telling him he’s unprofessional, to which he exclaims that he simply wants to learn how to become a professional.
When he’s told that he’s unprofessional, he earnestly exclaims that he simply wants to learn how to become a professional.
One of the disgruntled gentlemen tells him that interrupting conversations isn’t professional behaviour, to which Julian is seen asking if can write the advice down. The man says no.
These two men, above, don’t take well to Julius approaching them about getting an internship
They ends up getting so angry at his supposedly earnest persistence that they leave without saying goodbye
Eventually the two men captured on camera become angry enough to leave. Juius asks ‘together or separately?’. The man says, ‘something is seriously wrong here’.
Julius then approached a group of schoolchildren wearing yellow safety vests, asking them if they’re trying to get jobs as well.
A small boy nodded and proceeded to show off the hat he was wearing to which Julius responded, ‘yeah, well I’ve got a suit!’
Julius knows who he’s up against and how desirable internships are – which is why he tries to intimidate this group of children on a school trip by showing off his suit, which he thinks will give him an edge finding a job
Julius showed off a number of ingenious methods for getting people’s attention.
At one point he walked up to a man holding a piece of paper and asked if he’s looking for a job too, while brandishing his own CV. Once he got the man’s attention, he drew his attention to his B in GCSE drama.
Yet the bold techniques appeared to work and he ended up with three separate internship opportunities from his day of pranking.