AQHA Media Internships

Responsibilities:

  • Write for AQHA magazines and websites
  • Photography and video projects
  • On-camera interviews with world champions and others at major AQHA events
  • Contribute to www.aqha.com/journal, including industry news and blogs
  • Cover other AQHA events and post that coverage to the AQHA website and/or write features on those events for the magazines

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing, editing and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-starter who can take direction and contribute ideas
  • The ability to work independently on projects while meeting deadlines
  • Flexible, curious and willing to engage with AQHA Media staff
  • Photography and video-editing skills a plus

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.

SPRING

The peacefulness of the winter holiday season gets a wake-up call in early January as Team AQHA prepares for the racing world champions announcements in January, the annual AQHA convention and cowboy mounted shooting world championships in March, recognition of the previous year’s all-around and high-point winners in April, and the three Level 1 Championships in April and May. There is never a dull moment at AQHA!

Spring intern duties include a heavy dose of writing assignments, with potential experience in event coverage at the AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships in March in Houston.

SUMMER

If you love ranch-horse competition, you’ll want to intern with us during the summer. We’ll spend a week in June in Guthrie, Oklahoma, covering the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

Then, in early August, we’ll go back to Oklahoma for 10 days to cover the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

Duties at both of these shows consist of shooting photos of the finals classes, as well as conducting on-camera interviews with all of the world champions. Once you get your interview, you’ll compile a Journal Winning Run video that will be posted on AQHA’s YouTube channel and on the respective show’s website. You’ll also need to have your story-idea radar tuned in so you can capture a story or two that you can write, photograph and post to the respective show’s website. There’s also potential for those articles to run in the print versions of our magazines.

Before and in between the shows, you’ll be busy writing features for the magazines and compiling many of the biographies of the 50-year breeders being honored by AQHA that year. Those biographies will appear in a booklet that is used for the dinner honoring the breeders, as well as in the Journal.

Other potential highlights include covering the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup (every other year) and the National Day of the Cowboy activities at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

FALL

The most coveted of the AQHA Media internships, the fall intern will contribute to AQHA’s print publications. However, the biggest opportunity of this internship is assisting with coverage of two of AQHA’s marquee events: the 10-day AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), in late August in Amarillo; and the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, which is nearly three weeks long in November in Oklahoma City.

Duties consist of shooting photos of the finals classes at these shows, as well as conducting on-camera interviews with all of the world champions. Once you get your interview, you’ll compile a Journal Winning Run video that will be posted on AQHA’s YouTube channel and website.

You’ll also need to have your story-idea radar tuned in so you can capture stories that you can write, photograph and post to the website. There’s also potential for those articles to run in the print versions of our magazines.