SM text: “Will you help me find a summer internship?” SM text: Sure!

It’s one of the most asked questions of me by college students. The short answer to the requests from college students to help them with obtaining worthy assignments is, “yes.” The longer answer is “yes,” yet, it takes serious prep work to become internship worthy.

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: It’s harder for internship recruiters to find students who are great candidates for the temporary assignments than it is for students to find the opportunities. With thousands of internships going unfilled each year, I offer the following, proven advice to students.

Do the work

My first piece of advice to the internship seeker is to assess the “why” for the internship. The fall semester is a perfect season to begin the assessment process on what type of internship is desired. The first month of the year is also a good time to consider the pre-work for summer internships. No matter when the brainstorming includes questioning whether the student is seeking a paid or unpaid internship. Is the internship going to help the student in the skills-building area? Can the student afford to travel away from their home base and handle temporary housing costs and related expenses? Is the internship designed to just look good on your resume without a strategy on how to leverage the planned employment experience into a permanent assignment after graduation? There are endless questions and answers that the internship seeker must complete. Consider the time well spent as the university/college student begins the next phase. s always tough when students land great internships yet cannot afford the wraparound costs to accept the opportunities.

Get the ball rolling

It takes planning and near error-free execution to land the best internships. Here’s a short checklist:

  1. Surf (strategically) the Internet and company websites for the right opportunities.
  2. Produce quality resumes and cover letters.
  3. Prepare sample email replies.
  4. Superbly complete written, online and video applications.
  5. Demonstrate superior interview techniques via audio, video and in-person settings.
  6. Check-in with the university’s and school’s career and scholarships offices.
  7. Sign up to access “Handshake” or other college student career software programs.
  8. Visit career fairs.
  9. Ask alumni, parents and friends to research internship opportunities in their organizations.
  10. Create the desired internship by developing the job description and reach out to the “dream” company.

Seek assistance from alumni, career coaches, recruiters and the Internet on how to achieve success in each of the aforementioned areas.

A head start

For my digital media and communications students, this post provides a few strong internships leads in the north Florida and Georgia locations. Remember to research the companies and determine if alumni are working in the companies that have piqued the students’ interests. To gain more online assistance on the vast topic of internships, check out https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-internship-sites-198687

Let’s get started with a sample of internship opportunities:

From LinkedIn, GlassDoor, Google:


Check out this job at Warner Music Group: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1089869519

2019 Summer Internship, Atlas Copco Co., Rock Hill, SC
Your mission The role Some primary projects will include the following, along with other business tasks: • Explore and focus on internal/organization communications • Shape the strategy of our internal communications strategy • Increase engagement in our internal charities Applicants Must Be Skills and experience • Enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution. • Eligible to work in the United States without company assistance. • Have their own housing – no housing will be provided with this internship. • Must be a rising junior or senior within their program of study. • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills. • Have excellent attention to detail, be well-organized and show initiative. • Demonstrate leadership qualities. Are we a good fit? Internships start Monday, June 3, 2019, and continue for ten (10) weeks until Friday, August 19, 2019. Students must be able to commit to 40 hours/week employment during the internship. Choose your career with us! Drive your Career, Explore Opportunities, Realize your Passion . . . We at Atlas Copco believe that there is always a better way. This spirit drives us to provide leading-edge technology, innovative and sustainable products, as well as best in class service to our customers around the globe. That’s where you come in – we believe our people make it happen. We provide a collaborative, inclusive and flexible work environment along with competitive compensation and comprehensive wellness & benefits programs. Start your journey today! We add value wherever we do business The Atlas Copco Group serves customers through innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. We are a global and diverse Group of many strong brands and around 34 000 employees representing different cultures in more than 180 countries. We have a wide range of positions so whatever your interests or area of expertise, we offer interesting challenges and the opportunity to grow. Learn more at http://www.atlascopcogroup.com

From LinkedIn, Google:

2019 Summer Undergraduate Internship – Marketing/Communication – Atlanta, Ga
Looking for an internship where you’ll really make a difference? Apply at U.S. Bank. What You’ll Do We offer a competitive 10-week paid internship where you’ll work on meaningful projects and effect real change at our company. Our interns get hands-on experience solving business needs and helping in the communities where we live and work. You’ll build your resume while making new connections and sharpening the skills you need to succeed at work. Plus, the work you do will be tailored to your interests. A typical employee spends eight hours a day at work. We think you should spend that time doing something you love – not just earning a paycheck. As a U.S. Bank intern, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with senior executives, get paired with a formal mentor and attend fun events specifically tailored for interns, including a volunteer day where you’ll give back to the community. In your day-to-day work, you’ll learn how employees collaborate to serve all our stakeholders. Your meaningful work experience may even translate into a full-time position in the banking industry upon graduation. Why U.S. Bank? Join a team of more than 74,000 employees in 28 states and eight countries, all committed to doing the right thing, making smart changes and collaborating for the good of our customers, communities, and other stakeholders – and especially for the good of one another. But don’t just take our word for it – we’ve been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® for four years running. Part of doing the right thing is making sure our employees feel welcome and supported at work while challenging you to develop personally and professionally. At U.S. Bank, you’ll be empowered with the tools you need to succeed in your role and grow your career. We can’t wait to meet you – apply today. Internship Responsibilities May Include • Develop ideas on how to better engage customers and drive digital engagement • Review and update banker and customer facing articles • Plan and develop marketing collateral such as advertisements, mailings, and online reports for various organization stakeholders • Run campaign reports, analyze data and provide insights and recommendations • Assist on projects to drive customer engagement • Write communications for internal and external audiences • Evaluate and improve upon U.S. Bank’s existing social media presence to improve customer attraction • Assist in the development of press releases • Perform other related duties as requested Qualifications Skills and Qualifications: • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Advertising, or a related field preferred • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Ability to think and work independently within a professional setting • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills • Classroom knowledge of digital marketing including website optimization, social media and email • Highly organized; ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously Explore your career possibilities at U.S. Bank and join a company that’s as passionate as you are about helping our customers meet their goals and making a difference in the communities we live and work. Our industry-leading financial performance, innovative spirit, and best-in-class reputation empower employees to succeed. U.S. Bank is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Job: Campus Primary Location: United States Shift: 1st – Daytime Average Hours Per Week: 40 Requisition ID: 180032680 U.S. Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. U.S. Bank is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors.

From LinkedIn, Google, Nexxt:

Communications & Social Media Internship (Corporate), Summer/Fall 2019, The Walt Disney Co., Orlando, Fla. 

Job Summary

Be a part of an innovative team and culture… As part of our Disney Recruitment Marketing Communications & Social Media team, you will make an impact through your creative writing skills, passion for social media, content creation, project management abilities, and strategic mindset that can see the many and varied pieces of the puzzle and help the team pull them all together to provide a clear and cohesive vision and road map to the future. Responsibilities A Day in the Life… • Share what the magic of working with Disney is really like by pulling back the curtain to showcase our culture, environment, work and opportunities via our social media channels • Collaborate with the team to help ensure we tell our employment story in the most innovative and creative ways • Support the team as they plan and execute on the future vision of our work, through comprehensive communications and social media strategies and integration with Consumer partners across the globe Basic Qualifications What you bring to the role: • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or Journalism with previous relevant Social Media experience • You possess the talent to write in varying tones, voices and styles in order to meet the appetite of our diverse audience and the varying social platforms we market on • You can focus on the here and now while keeping a keen eye to the future and the organizational capability to manage it all • You are passionate and knowledgeable about social media channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat with a strong desire to continue learning in order to stay on top of trends and emerging platforms • You have experience in shooting and editing video that helps bring content to life • You have experience with editing software such as Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, etc. • You thrive on building new relationships and carefully fostering existing ones You will write the rest of the chapters because this is YOUR story. And that story could begin here! NOTE: A cover letter is required when applying to this role. In your cover letter, please specify if you are interested in the Burbank, CA location or the Orlando, FL location (or which order of preference if you are interested in both locations). • Your resume must include a link to your website/portfolio/reel. Please include writing, video, and social media samples (including social channels and accounts) on your website/portfolio. Plus • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher • Proven skills utilizing Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) • All candidates must be eligible to work in the US • All candidates must be at least 18 years old • All candidates must currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class – OR – be a recent graduate of an accredited college or university within the last six (6) months – OR – be currently participating in the Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program or Disney Professional Internship Program in order to qualify for this internship • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program • All candidates must be available during the months of June through December 2019 • All candidates must be available to work 40 hours/week (in either Burbank, CA or Orlando, FL) • All candidates must be able to have a consistent, reliable work schedule throughout the session • All candidates must provide their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship • Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months) • Housing (Orlando-based role only): A limited amount of housing is available on a first come, first served basis Preferred Qualifications • You have a passion and eye for photography and its best use for Social Media • You have a desire to learn what data can uncover and understand the impact it plays in Marketing • You have a creative spirit and strategic mindset that pushes you to constantly grow and develop your skills • You are a recent graduate applying within 6 months of graduation date • Prior internship/work experience in an office environment • Previous internship/work experience within a related field Required Education • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or Journalism with previous relevant Social Media experience Preferred Education • Courses taken in Photography/Video About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe. About The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products, and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished. This position is with Disney Human Resources Strategies and Services, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

From Jobrapido.com, Google, StartWire, Neuvoo:
Summer 2019 – [adult swim] Public Relations Intern,  Time Warner, Inc., Atlanta, Ga

The [adult swim] Story. We are the late night destination for cartoon fans who have taste. Taste for shows like Rick & Morty, Bob’s Burgers, Venture Bros and others with suggestive titles. If you don’t know the shows we are talking about, just stop reading or at least study up on at adultswim.com! See what it’s like to work here! Follow us onInstagram, Twitter and Facebook. What does our department do? The Adult Swim PR team supports the day-to-day press relations activities for Adult Swim’s original programming including animation, live-action and AdultSwim.com live-streaming shows, specials, tours, events, digital and network initiatives. The team is responsible for creating and rolling out innovative and strategic show campaigns, pitching and scheduling interviews and broadcast appearances for show creators and talent, and securing stories in national publications. What will you be doing? • Gain real world entertainment PR experience by working with the team on the strategic roll-out of show campaigns. • Work in a fast-paced team environment, develop organizational skills, attend meetings and will be mentored by the various persons in the department. That includes: • Writing press materials including press releases and media alerts • Preparing press materials for conventions and events such as Comic-Con and press days and assist with press mailers as needed • Creating and updating press media lists and researching new media outlets • Organizing press clippings What do we require from you? • Should have a strong interest in Communications, Public Relations and/or Marketing • Detail oriented and possess strong written and verbal communication skills • Self-motivated with the ability to work with a team and function well in an environment with short deadlines and simultaneous, multiple projects • Proficient in basic computers skills and be comfortable using Microsoft Office and Excel, along with some experience in social media • Available Tuesday afternoons for weekly department staff meeting is a plus What’s so great about this internship? • An opportunity to work with a great team that is passionate about the same thing you are! • Networking opportunities to meet people that you’d like to know! • A speaker series that introduces you to cool executives and what they do for the best brands! Summer 2019 program dates are June 3rd through August 9th. Interns are paid at a competitive wage based and relocation is not provided. Participation in the internship program is reserved for students who are currently enrolled or within 6 months post-graduation. Most positions are targeted to upperclassmen and graduate students. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and E-Verify users. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status

There are so many more opportunities for my students enrolled in digital media and communications courses. Check out the websites, LinkedIn, Google and job sites for more information on the following internships and more.

  • Paid Internships – Communications / Marketing / Business Degrees. Jax Marketing SolutionsJacksonville, Fla.
  • Summer 2019 Internship – Medical Communications Amerisource Bergen, Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Summer Communications Intern, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Communications Intern. Lockheed Martin. Marietta, Ga.
  • Brand Comms – Social and Digital Media Intern, TurnerAtlanta, Ga.
  • Communications/Government Relations Intern, State of Georgia, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Summer Paid Intern – Corporate Communications. Turner Atlanta, Ga.
  • Intern – Internal Communications (Summer) Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Corporate Communications-Summer 2019 Intern Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, Ga.

Here’s one more from LinkedIn, Google:


Summer 2019 – [adult swim] Public Relations Intern, Time Warner, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
The [adult swim] Story. We are the late night destination for cartoon fans who have taste. Taste for shows like Rick & Morty, Bob’s Burgers, Venture Bros and others with suggestive titles. If you don’t know the shows we are talking about, just stop reading or at least study up on at adultswim.com! See what it’s like to work here! Follow us onInstagram, Twitter and Facebook. What does our department do? The Adult Swim PR team supports the day-to-day press relations activities for Adult Swim’s original programming including animation, live-action and AdultSwim.com live-streaming shows, specials, tours, events, digital and network initiatives. The team is responsible for creating and rolling out innovative and strategic show campaigns, pitching and scheduling interviews and broadcast appearances for show creators and talent, and securing stories in national publications. What will you be doing? • Gain real world entertainment PR experience by working with the team on the strategic roll-out of show campaigns. • Work in a fast-paced team environment, develop organizational skills, attend meetings and will be mentored by the various persons in the department. That includes: • Writing press materials including press releases and media alerts • Preparing press materials for conventions and events such as Comic-Con and press days and assist with press mailers as needed • Creating and updating press media lists and researching new media outlets • Organizing press clippings What do we require from you? • Should have a strong interest in Communications, Public Relations and/or Marketing • Detail oriented and possess strong written and verbal communication skills • Self-motivated with the ability to work with a team and function well in an environment with short deadlines and simultaneous, multiple projects • Proficient in basic computers skills and be comfortable using Microsoft Office and Excel, along with some experience in social media • Available Tuesday afternoons for weekly department staff meeting is a plus What’s so great about this internship? • An opportunity to work with a great team that is passionate about the same thing you are! • Networking opportunities to meet people that you’d like to know! • A speaker series that introduces you to cool executives and what they do for the best brands! Summer 2019 program dates are June 3rd through August 9th. Interns are paid at a competitive wage based and relocation is not provided. Participation in the internship program is reserved for students who are currently enrolled or within 6 months post-graduation. Most positions are targeted to upperclassmen and graduate students. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and E-Verify users. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.


Dr. Ann Wead Kimbrough is a Professor, Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She has counseled hundreds of students in their areas of career, personal development and leadership. She also is an e-mentor on the knowledge/answer site, Quora. See http://www.linkedin.com/in/annlineve

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