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

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

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
  • 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and other social networks
  • Coordinate social marketing campaigns
  • Track website and e-newsletter performance
  • Write original blog posts
  • Assist with management of the Journal section of AQHA's website, compiling coverage and information from throughout the horse industry, including alliance partners and affiliates.

3. AQHA Media Internship

Summary

The duties of the AQHA Media intern include compiling regular columns and writing features for AQHA's print publications (The American Quarter Horse Journal, America's Horse and the Q-Racing Journal), corresponding with Association members and magazine subscribers, following up on story leads, assisting with special projects and other duties as assigned or needed. 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 specific events might or might not be part of the internship. (Note: Fall application deadline for this position is May 31.)

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Write for AQHA magazines and websites
  • Photography and video projects
  • Video interviews with world champions and others at major AQHA events
  • Contribute to www.aqha.com/journal, including industry news and blogs
  • Create and disseminate email newsletters promoting magazine content and showing news
  • Write original blog posts

Apply for an AQHA Internship

Send resume, cover letter, personal essay and two to five writing samples to:

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

Important: Please specify which position(s) you'd like to be considered for.

4. International Internship

Summary

Each summer (June to August), 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.

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • 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

Send resume and cover letter by September 15 to:

Cassie Morrison
American Quarter Horse Association
P.O. Box 32470
Amarillo, TX 79120
cmorrison@aqha.org