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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. 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."

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)

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 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.

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.