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Thinking about applying but still have some questions? Here are some frequently asked questions answered by some of our 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. Each day looks a little different from the last. Some days there are client meetings, and 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! No matter what the day looks like though, you’ll be getting hands-on experience in a number of areas.
What is the interview process like?
After submitting your application, you’ll be contacted by our staff to set up an interview. We will hold a short interview to get to know you and see if you would be a great fit for our team. We will be in contact within the next few weeks as to whether we are extending the opportunity to intern with us or not.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
Do I need a laptop for the internship?
The majority of the work you would be doing as an intern 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 laptop when they come into work.
What’s the attire?
The 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.
What year in school do I need to be 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?
We prefer that interns get as close to the 20 hours a week mark as possible. For students who are counting their internship for class credit, it is required to do 20 hours a week. That’s enough so students typically hit their total hours required without having to make up for missing here and there.
What majors do you accept?
Our internship relies on you already having a foundation in your relevant field of study. For that reason, we limit internships to majors in fields related to advertising and marketing. This includes Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, Advertising, or other similar majors.
I have a related minor but not a major, can I apply?
We will accept applications from students with a related minor but you should understand that 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.
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 web, 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 more than one semester?
Yes! About a third of our past interns have interned 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 the Creative Director 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.
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