How would you celebrate a century of seafood?
As Phillips Foods & Seafood Restaurants prepares to mark 100 years in business next year, the Baltimore-based seafood chain and grocery vendor is looking to Baltimore-area college students for some marketing campaign direction.
The undergraduate or graduate students with the most imaginative ideas could be dubbed "Baltimore's Top 10 Young Creative Thinkers," and qualify for internships, cash and, perhaps best of all, free seafood.
The top ten students will be invited to a Nov. 7 brainstorming lunch with Phillips executives, including CEO Steve Phillips, and invited to join the company’s 100th year anniversary committee. Some students could get reference letters for positions at advertising agencies that work with Phillips or be invited to anniversary events.
The applicant chosen as "top student" will get $250 in cash and free seafood for a year.
"We view this as a way to source fresh ideas," Michelle Torres, corporate director of marketing, said in the company's announcement. "For us, this is a fun and efficient way to get exciting new ideas while collaborating with and supporting our city’s brightest young minds."
The company, which started on Hooper’s Island in 1914, owns and operates seven restaurants, including locations at the Inner Harbor and in Ocean City. It operates a franchise division and produces seafood, pasteurized crab meat and other retail items for grocers nationwide.
Interested students should apply online by Nov. 1.