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AQHA Online Communications and Publications Internship

Summary:

AQHA's Communications department consists of The American Quarter Horse Journal and America's Horse, and their respective web and social properties.

Our magazines reach into all aspects of the horse industry, from horse racing to showing to recreational activities like trail riding. In the past, our interns have written features and short items for print and online coverage of the American Quarter Horse industry and related activities.

With the evolution of AQHA's web and social network publishing projects, the duties of the online communications and publications intern have been refocused from working on the Association's magazines to helping with management of AQHA's online and digital content.

America's Horse Daily is a blogging platform that provides all horse owners with educational information on how to care for and train their horses. Besides being a one-stop shop for all information, America's Horse Daily (an online extension of America's Horse magazine, the official member publication of AQHA), also has five specialized daily e-newsletters and one weekly e-newsletter.

The content on the America's Horse Daily website and in the daily e-newsletters, along with regular updating of the Association's social media entities, is now a primary responsibility of the online communications and publications intern. This intern also travels (varies by semester) to our major world championship shows to help with event coverage.

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
  • Manage weekly Guess That Horse contest
  • Assist with AQHA's presence on Facebook, Twitter, 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)
We offer three paid online communications and publications internships: spring (January-May), summer (May-August) and fall (August-December).

Deadlines for Applying

March 15 for the Summer Internship (May-August)
July 19 for the Fall Internship (September-December)
September 15 for the Spring Internship (January-April)

Send resume, cover letter, personal essay and two to five writing samples for the AQHA Online Communications and Publications internship to:

Priscilla Ramirez
American Quarter Horse Association
P.O. Box 32470
Amarillo, TX 79120
pramirez@aqha.org

In your cover letter, please specify which internship - fall, spring or summer - you are interested in.


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.

We offer three paid marketing internships: spring (January-May), summer (May-August) and fall (August-December).

Responsibilities

  • Write and disseminate press 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

To apply for the AQHA Marketing and Publicity 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

Deadlines for Applying

March 15 for the Summer Internship (May-August)
July 19 for the Fall Internship (September-December)
September 15 for the Spring Internship (January-April)

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