Czech Nuclear Power Plant Hosted Bikini Competition To Hire Female Intern


One of the entrants of the CEZ Temelin nuclear power station's bikini contest, which the station used to hire new interns.

Choosing an intern can't ever be easy: picking from dozens of teenagers, all of whom will have similar qualifications and experience (or lack of them).

"We think photographs are very tasteful", the company wrote in a comment on the post. "The combination of beauty and the industrial environment gives an interesting result", the comment further read.

Temelin, the largest energy producer in the Czech Republic, opened up the "competition" for an intern position online, asking pretty young things to step forward.

The post elicited nearly 700 comments on Facebook, with many users slamming the competition as sexist.

A press release for the bikini contest and photo shoot likened it to past cultural enrichment programs by the plant like when it hosted the Bohemian Philharmonic at its plant in South Bohemia.

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Human rights lawyer Petra Havlikova said: "The competition is absolutely outside the bounds of ethics".

Another online user wrote: "Undress and you get an internship - this can not be serious, it's degrading, disgusting and primitive".

Another is quoted as saying: "Knowledge obviously does not matter". However, if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry about it, "a CEZ spokesman told CNET".

"The objective of the competition was to promote technical education", the power station said in a Facebook post.

Following the criticism the operators of the 2,000-megawatt plant apologized on Facebook and said that all the finalists were offered an internship at the plant.