Blogger searches for retired neophyte to join her on trip New York City

tporter@lsjournal.comSeptember 16, 2015 

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Sarah Ruhlman is channeling her inner Anne Hathaway and searching for a personal, albeit retired, intern.

Ruhlman is creator of, a lifestyle blog. Taking a page from the movie, “The Intern,” Ruhlman is looking for a de facto intern to accompany her to the New York premiere of the movie starring Hathaway and venerable actor Robert De Niro.

In “The Intern,” De Niro stars as a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by a character portrayed by Hathaway.

Much like Hathaway’s character, Ruhlman is looking for a retiree who wants to learn the ropes of social media.

“I’ve done a few other movie trips where I go and we travel, so I was talking to (a colleague) and we thought it would be a good idea to play off the movie,” Ruhlman said.

Ruhlman said to enter a contestant needs only to send her a letter explaining their interest to

The winner will receive free airfare, two nights in a New York hotel and one ticket to attend the premiere Sept. 21 at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

The deadline to enter the contest is Thursday at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced Friday and must be able to travel to New York City Sunday through Tuesday.

“We are trying to find someone who is not active on social media but ready to learn a fresh way to use it,” Ruhlman said.

Teresa Curry of Lee’s Summit is among those who entered the contest. A retired educator, Curry said she definitely needs to learn more about social media and Ruhlman’s contest was the perfect fit for Curry’s quest.

“I am excited about the contest and the possibilities that it brings,” she said. “New York would be fabulous.”

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