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Internship Opportunities

Online Communications & Publications Internship | Marketing & Publicity Internship
International Internship | Internship FAQs | About Amarillo

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If you're a hard-working, enthusiastic college student looking for an exciting internship in the horse industry, we have two 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.

"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."

1. AQHA Online Communications and Publications Internship

Summary

The duties of the AQHA Online Communications and Publications intern include assisting with the management of AQHA's America's Horse Daily blogging platform and corresponding email newsletters; social media management; contributing to The American Quarter Horse Journal and America's Horse magazines, photography, video production, participating in event coverage and many more opportunities. This position is located at AQHA's international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate content for America's Horse Daily blog
  • Coordinate content for America's Horse Daily e-newsletters
  • Implement search engine optimization strategies
  • Conduct keyword research
  • Develop creative ways to promote AQHA's products and services through online content
  • Create email blasts for a variety of departments
  • Manage weekly Guess That Horse contest
  • Assist with AQHA's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social networks
  • Write articles for America's Horse magazine and The American Quarter Horse Journal
  • Write original blog posts
  • Help, as needed, with aqha.com content
  • Assist with creation of ebooks
  • Track website and e-newsletter performance
  • Travel to major AQHA world championship shows (varies by semester) to assist with show coverage. Interview world champions. Might include video interview/video production.
2. Marketing and Publicity Internship

Summary

AQHA's Marketing and Publicity programs reach into all aspects of the horse industry, regardless of discipline. Qualified candidates will be challenged to write daily press releases about the American Quarter Horse and related activities; develop relationships with media professionals, agencies and industry leaders. This position is located at AQHA's international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas. The marketing and publicity intern assists with implementing AQHA's various promotions, advertising and marketing programs. By the end of a typical three-month internship, this intern can take a marketing program from concept to implementation.

Responsibilities

  • 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 Show, AQHYA World Show, Bayer Select World Show, and the Bank of America Challenge Championships
  • Work closely with Internet Information Technology to market AQHA's Web site
  • Develop advertisements for AQHA and investigate media buys

Goals

  • To create a consistent voice and look for the American Quarter Horse industry
  • To market horse activities to media and general public
  • To support membership into AQHA and ownership of American Quarter Horses
  • To market AQHA programs to maximize member participation and enjoyment
  • To ensure AQHA maintains its leadership position

Supporting Activities

  • Travel to various events
  • Manage press room activities
  • Write scripts for banquets, ceremonies and presentations

Apply for an AQHA Marketing or Communications Internship

To apply for the AQHA Marketing and Publicity internship or the Online Communications and Publications internship, send resume, cover letter and two to five writing samples to:

Lee Stribling
American Quarter Horse Association
P.O. Box 32470
Amarillo, TX 79120
lstribling@aqha.org

Important: Please specify which internship you would like to apply for.

Marketing/Communications Internship Application Deadlines

  • Summer Internships (May-August): Deadline = March 15
  • Fall Internships (September-December): Deadline = July 19
  • Spring Internships (January-April): Deadline = September 15

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

3. International Internship

Summary

Each summer, AQHA provides colleges and university teams the opportunity to conduct horsemanship camps throughout the world.  The camps are a unique opportunity to educate hundreds of horse-interested people about horses, showing, AQHA and the benefits of riding and owning American Quarter Horses.

The AQHA International Intern plays a vital role in the success of each camp. AQHA will assist with accommodations and travel throughout Europe during the duration of this paid internship.

While the actual internship is a June-August commitment, AQHA requests the intern begin planning the camps with AQHA affiliates and colleges and universities as soon as December of the year prior to the camps. This lead time allows for proper planning, promotion and execution.

Duties

  • Schedule and coordinate international horsemanship camps throughout Europe.
  • Coordinate each camp’s focus and general subject areas with each international affiliate (eg if a showing camp, which classes; trail and/or recreational riding; general horsemanship) and match each camp’s focus area with the most relevant college/university. 
  • Develop promotional plans with each affiliate that will maximize attendance at the camps, serve as a membership recruitment tool for both AQHA and the country affiliate, and help increase sales of American Quarter Horses internationally.
  • Attend AQHA convention to meet international affiliate leaders with whom the intern will closely interact with during the summer months.
  • Travel throughout Europe to each horsemanship camp from June through August working with the colleges/universities and the affiliates.
  • Attend the European Championships horse show and work with show management on duties to be assigned (eg schedule and help conduct clinics; work as part of the show management team).
  • Promote AQHA at each horsemanship camp by speaking on behalf of the Association and recruiting new members. Make a presentation on AQHA/the American Quarter Horse at each clinic.
  • Coordinate travel with colleges to camps within each country.
  • Help coordinate ancillary activities with college camp instructors.
  • Report weekly via phone/e-mail to AQHA International Department.
  • Write a blog on AQHA’s blog site, www.americashorsedaily.com, to promote the international clinics.
  • File trip reports and expense reports to AQHA for travel.
  • Manage a travel budget for both the colleges and the intern’s individual travel requirements.

Apply for an AQHA International Internship

To apply for the AQHA International internship, send resume and cover letter to:

Tom Persechino
American Quarter Horse Association
P.O. Box 32470
Amarillo, TX 79120
tomp@aqha.org

International Internship Application Deadline

  • Summer Internships (June-August): Deadline = September 15