The Digiday guide to the best internships in agencies and digital media

Now it’s finally spring, supposedly, which means internship season is near. Now is the time for enthusiastic college students and recent graduates with dreams of a career in marketing, advertising, or digital media to start exploring the Web and inquiring about internship opportunities.

The thing about internships is that you never really know what kind of useful experience or knowledge you’ll get, and digital media internships (well, most internships unless you’re an intern at Google or Goldman) usually don’t pay. much. But it’s still something that looks good on a resume and can be a way to get your foot in the door at a company you like. It could even turn into a real job, if you’re really good and lucky.

Digiday did some pounding on the pavement on behalf of internship applicants. Here are six companies whose internship programs are worth checking out if you’re a college student or recent graduate wanting to get into digital media and advertising. You can thank us with your signing bonus:

worthy
Internship Job Title: Audience Development Intern
Location: Anywhere (virtual office)
Compensation: $1,500/month
Duration: Open, start date ASAP

This sounds like a pretty good job if you’re a fan of social media: it pays and you can work from home (or wherever) as long as you have a computer and phone handy. (Upworthy, oddly enough, doesn’t believe in offices: Everyone works remotely.) Upworthy is looking for someone to help them continue to expand their audience and further share their social media driven content. According to the job description, the ideal candidate is someone who “lives and breathes the internet”, has had some experience creating or moderating online communities, is creative and has good writing skills, and hopefully has a decent social media presence. The scholarship will start at 20 hours per week with opportunities for growth.

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the barbarian group
Internship Job Title: several opportunities
Location: New York
Compensation: Paid (unspecified)
Duration: Summer

The Barbarian Group internship program offers learning opportunities in all departments of the agency. Prospective interns can apply for positions in social and earned media, creativity (art and copy), production, user experience, strategy, technology, account management, and public relations. According to the internship program description, interns are treated as staff and receive a lot of hands-on experience. Those who excel are given projects and assignments that go “well beyond your typical internship program.”

If you need to see it to believe it, just check out the website created by TBG interns in the summer of 2013 showing the skills they learned, the types of projects they worked on (including things like research, pitching, and creating 404 pages) and the kind of office culture they came to be a part of, think: rooftop parties and lots of free food. All interns are paid, although the agency did not share exactly how much, but it is based on any relevant experience and college level. The Barbarian Group said it will hire about 12 interns this summer. So good luck applicants!

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R/GA
Internship Job Title: Several opportunities
Location: New York and San Francisco
Compensation: Paid (unspecified)
Duration: 11 weeks, exact dates vary by office

R/GA is seeking interns in analytics, copywriting, experience design, production, and technology. All internship opportunities involve working on live accounts and shadowing senior colleagues. All interns can participate in training sessions, seminars, panels, and an internship project. According to Jennifer Remling, R/GA’s senior vice president of talent, last year the agency converted 75 percent of its graduating interns to full-time employees. They may also offer jobs to some of last year’s interns who graduate this year. So if you want to work in R/GA, starting as an intern is a great way to get a head start. All internships are paid; however, the agency did not disclose the exact amount.

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Sub Pink
Internship Job Title: content intern
Location: New York
Compensation: Paid, hourly (unspecified)
Duration: Four days/week (~24 hours)

Sub Rosa, as its founder and CEO Michael Ventura frames it, is an “experience design practice.” The small store is looking for an intern to help the content director “optimize departmental processes.” According to the job description, the role will involve performing vendor research and data entry, the typical busy job for interns. However, the intern will be able to participate in group brainstorming sessions. Another plus is that because Sub Rosa is a bit small (it has about 45 people), there is a real opportunity for interns to get a feel for how the agency works and get up close and personal with the work.

Sub Rosa is looking for someone with excellent written and verbal skills, familiar with MS Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program related to television or media. Check out Digiday’s agency tour of Sub Rosa to get an idea of ​​the office space and culture.

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BuzzFeed
Internship Job Title: Editorial and Video Fellows, Editorial Fellows
Location: New York and Los Angeles
Compensation: Paid (unspecified)
Duration: Three months

Everyone’s favorite viral content and listing machine is looking for editorial interns in the areas of food, music, and celebrity. It is also looking for a video intern and several editorial interns. Both internships and scholarships are paid for, though BuzzFeed did not share the exact amount. According to BuzzFeed, all interns and fellows receive training and attend workshops throughout the program, and interns and fellows are included in company activities and events and receive free lunches and refreshments. Internship and scholarship listings state that BuzzFeed is looking for positive people, “no haters allowed.” And according to Catherine Bartosevich, BuzzFeed’s senior press director, many of the interns and interns end up landing full-time jobs.

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creative carrot
Internship Job Title: design intern
Location: New York
Compensation: $10/hour
Duration: 11 weeks

Carrot Creative, now part of the Vice family, is looking for a design intern, but according to the agency, more internships will be listed in time for the summer. For the design internship, Carrot is looking for someone who understands user interface design and is familiar with Adobe’s creative suite and HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

The design intern will work on everything from wireframe to final design and will have the opportunity to participate in the creative presentation process. According to Gabrielle Schaefer, director of global communications for Carrot Creative, interns are treated as equals and enjoy all the benefits that employees have, including perks like weekly yoga on the roof and a subscription to the agency’s CSA Farmigo. It’s not bad at all. Additionally, there is an opportunity for interns to become full-time employees. As Shaefer explained, the agency’s creative director, Steve Badowski, started out as an intern in the past. Bonus: Carrot Creative will provide housing to anyone who is not from the tri-state area.

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