You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers
Thinking about applying but still have some questions? Here are some frequently asked questions answered by current and past interns:
What does a normal day as an intern at Inner Spark look like?
There’s no such thing as a “normal day” at Inner Spark and it also depends on the internship you have applied for. Some days, there are client meetings, and on others, you’re working on social media calendars and blog posts. It all depends on what the schedule looks like and what needs to be done which is similar to real-life job experience! No matter what the day looks like, you’ll be getting hands-on experience in a number of areas. Be sure to take a look at the application you are applying for to get more details on what to expect.
What is the interview process like?
After submitting your application, you’ll be contacted by a member of our staff to set up an interview. In this interview, we will ask you a series of questions to see if you are a good fit for us and if we are a good fit for you. After the interview, there will be a 30-45 minute writing exercise. After we interview a candidate, we ALWAYS get back with a yes or a no; we never leave someone hanging.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
Just yourself! If you go through the application process in full, we should have all the information and documentation we need.
Do I need a laptop for the internship?
Yes, the majority of the work interns do requires a laptop. The tools we use are cloud-based, so nothing needs to be installed, but it is important that interns bring their personal laptops when they come to work.
What is the attire?
At Inner Spark, our attire is business casual. There’s no need to wear heels or slacks, but you will be meeting some of our clients occasionally, so shorts, ripped jeans, and t-shirts aren't allowed. Interns should treat interning with Inner Spark as a real job and dress accordingly.
What year in school do I need to be in to start interning?
We prefer interns who are at least a junior or senior in college. It’s necessary to have taken some of the courses you’ll need to graduate before you can understand a lot of the concepts we work with here.
Can I work less than 20 hours a week?
Students who are interning for class credit are required to do 20 hours a week in order to comfortably reach the total hours required. We apply this requirement to all interns so everyone is treated the same. Where those hours fall can adjust according to your needs.
What majors do you accept?
Our internship relies on you having a foundation in a relevant field of study to our agency work. For that reason, we limit internships to majors in fields related to advertising and marketing. This includes Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, or other similar majors.
I have a related minor but not a major, can I apply?
Yes, we will accept applications from students with a related minor. But, it is important to know our internships are highly competitive and applicants with a major in your field will have an advantage over you.
I just graduated or am graduating this semester. Can I apply?
You must be a degree-seeking student enrolled in higher education while you are interning in our unpaid internship. We occasionally offer post-grad paid internships but only on a case-by-case basis.
Do you have to be a student at Auburn to apply?
No! In fact, we have had interns from several other universities over the years.
Is this a paid or unpaid internship?
This is an unpaid internship which allows us to ensure that we are able to invest time into teaching you while you are here instead of pushing you to produce enough to cover your pay. We love to invest in and mentor our interns. 100% of everything that you do in our internship will be educational. Never any busy work or menial tasks like making copies or filing. We want you to learn as much as possible.
What kind of work does Inner Spark do for their clients?
We provide a variety of services, most of which fall into the category of "Digital Marketing." Interns normally assist with social media for clients as well as content writing for websites, blogging, research, and other real-world tasks.
Do I have to be enrolled during the summer in order to intern in the Summer?
No. As long as you have not yet graduated and are registered for classes the following Fall semester.
Can I intern for more than one semester?
Yes! About a third of our past interns have interned for more than one semester. When an intern is a great fit and is interested in staying on, we ask them to return as an “Intern Team Leader.” These students get to gain a bit of managerial experience, assisting in training new interns. Team Leaders always get more job offers at a faster pace than their peers. We’re pleased to see the impact this program has had on their careers.
Have a question that isn’t answered here?
No problem! Just call or email us and we'll be happy to answer your questions.
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