AQHA Internship Opportunities


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If you're a hard-working, enthusiastic college student looking for an exciting internship in the horse industry, we have three internship opportunities each semester at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo, plus an international internship each summer. Our internships are ideal for students pursuing careers in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing and other related fields.

Applicants must have reliable transportation and must be willing to incur necessary expenses to travel to Amarillo for a semester. AQHA internships are paid. AQHA does not provide housing.

"The American Quarter Horse Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment practices for reasons of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, sex, age, religious creed, or handicap."

Internship Application Deadlines

  • Summer Internships (May-August): Deadline = March 1
  • Fall Internships (September-December): Deadline = July 1
  • Spring Internships (January-April): Deadline = September 15

Do you have questions about our internship programs? Check out our Internship FAQs.

How to Apply for an AQHA Internship

  1. Complete an AQHA Employment Application
  2. Email resume, cover letter, personal essay and two to five writing samples to jobs@aqha.org. Be sure to mention the internship for which you are applying.

Available AQHA Internships

1. AQHA Marketing and Publicity Internship

Summary

AQHA's Marketing and Publicity internship reaches into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline. Qualified candidates will be challenged to write press releases about the American Quarter Horse and related activities; manage several social networks; assist in script writing for events; help with AQHA events and functions; and assist with various promotions and advertising and marketing programs. This position is located at AQHA's international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, and travel to specific events might or might not be part of the internship.

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Write and disseminate press releases and news releases
  • Develop and maintain list of media contacts
  • Develop and/or update various marketing material
  • Help plan and coordinate special events that promote the American Quarter Horse and related activities
  • Assist with planning and executing AQHA's marquee events, including AQHA world shows and major races
  • Assist with AQHA's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social networks
  • Write original blog posts
  • Develop advertisements for AQHA and investigate media buys
  • Manage press room activities
  • Write scripts for banquets, ceremonies and presentations

2. AQHA Communications and Digital Marketing Internship

Summary

AQHA's Communications and Digital Marketing internship reaches into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline. Qualified candidates will be challenged to create search-engine-optimized blog posts about a variety of horse topics; create email newsletters; manage several social networks; help with AQHA events and functions; and assist with various promotions, advertising and marketing programs. This position is located at AQHA's international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, and travel to specific events might or might not be part of the internship.

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Implement search engine optimization strategies on AQHA websites; conduct keyword research
  • Write and/or manipulate website content for maximum engagement
  • Develop creative ways to market and promote AQHA's products and services through online content
  • Create email blasts for a variety of departments
  • Assist with AQHA's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social networks
  • Coordinate social marketing campaigns
  • Track website and e-newsletter performance
  • Write original blog posts
  • Assist with management of the showing section of AQHA's website, compiling coverage and information from throughout the horse industry, including alliance partners and affiliates.

3. AQHA Media Internships

 AQHA Media Internship Application Deadlines
(note that some of these deadlines differ from the other internships)

 Summer Internships (May-August): Deadline = February 1

 Fall Internships (September-December): Deadline = April 1

 Spring Internships (January-April): Deadline = September 15

 Summary

Wanted: Strong communicators who need a leg up in a competitive industry. AQHA interns gain immeasurable experience that helps many of them go on to successful careers in the horse industry.

We expect our interns to do the same kind of work that full-time AQHA Media employees do in this hands-on paid internship. Duties include compiling regular columns and writing features for AQHA’s five print publications (The American Quarter Horse Journal, America's Horse, Performance Horse Journal, Ranch Horse Journal and Quarter Racing Journal), corresponding with Association members and magazine subscribers, following up on story leads, assisting with special projects and other duties as assigned.

The media intern will also assist with coverage of AQHA’s marquee events, including AQHA world shows and major race events. Coverage includes written, video and photography projects, as well as posting to or updating all associated web properties. This position is located at AQHA’s international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, and travel to events may be part of the internship.

Must be a current student (undergraduate or graduate), eligible to receive college credit for internship. Requires ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends. Must be comfortable interacting with all levels within the organization, as well as outside contacts. Strong time management and attention to details are a must. 

These multimedia experiences are a feather in the cap of any intern. Click here to learn more about each of the AQHA Media internships and the qualities we're looking for in prospective interns.

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