By Kate Raddatz

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — School’s almost out for summer and that means a lot of students will be looking for a summer job. One Twin Cities ice cream shop is putting a twist on the hiring process.

“We kind of wanted a more creative way innovative way to get people interested in the job itself,” Izzy’s Ice Cream general manager Shannon Leach said.

The shop is asking applicants to submit haikus about — what else? — ice cream.

“We’re looking for people with imagination, perseverance, willingness to work hard, engaged, and meet customer expectations,” Izzy’s co-owner and co-founder Jeff Sommers said. “We want to be selective, too.”

Since the announcement of the optional haiku submission rolled out Friday, applications have been flooding in.

“‘See the scoop meet cone, anticipate sweet relief, one taste worth the wait’,” Leach read. “Pretty good one.”

It’s the first time in 14 years Izzy’s is hiring summer only employees, too.

“If they’re not planning to spend their entire life at Izzy’s, what can we do to set the stage to give them an opportunity to be a fabulous employee for their next employer,” Sommers said.

Both the St. Paul and Minneapolis locations are hiring. The company is hosting a hiring party at the Izzy’s in Minneapolis on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 11 p.m.

To submit a haiku, you can also send it in an audio file or as a series of images. For the full set of rules on applying, click here.


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