Ad Club STL
An Internship Unlike Any Other

AAF-Ad Club St. Louis 2020 Internship Hop

The Ad Club Internship Hop gives students a unique opportunity to learn about the St. Louis Advertising Community. Instead of just working for one agency this summer, our interns will be working for eight. They’ll learn about the industry by hopping around different St. Louis agencies, exposing themselves to different ideas, clients and projects.

Important Dates:

  • Application Close – March 11, 2020
  • Kick-Off Party – May 29, 2020
  • Week 1 – June 1 – 5
  • Week 2 – June 8 – 12
  • Week 3 – June 15 – 19
  • Week 4 – June 22 – 26
  • OFF WEEK – June 29 – July 3
  • Week 5 – July 6 – 10
  • Week 6 – July 13 – 17
  • Week 7 – July 20 – 24
  • Week 8 – July 27 – 31
  • Wrap Party – July 31

Do You Have What It Takes?

The Internship Hop is an intensive, fast-paced program. If accepted, you won’t be spending this summer fetching coffee or filing paperwork, you’ll be working on real projects as a digital strategist, graphic designer, copywriter or account manager. In return, you’ll get:

  • Important contacts in the St. Louis advertising community
  • A chance to showcase your talents
  • Exposure to different creative opportunities
  • A fully paid experience – $10/hr
  • Maybe a job
  • **Applicants must be available for ALL 8 weeks of the program

All candidates must:

  • Be a current Ad Club and/or AAF member to be a part of the Intern Team. *You do not need to be a member, unless you are selected*
  • Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education (Or a graduate of Dec ’19/May ’20)
  • Be a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours (Or a graduate of Dec ’19/May ’20)
    • With four+ advertising specific courses completed
  • Have an academic standing of junior or senior status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Candidates will need to submit:

  • Resume and cover letter that establishes why they’re interested in the position
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Portfolio samples are required for creative interns (Writing or design samples required, portfolio or website link) Account manager and strategy positions should write an essay on how they best suit their role.
  • A signed letter of recommendation from a teacher or faculty member


Account Manager Do you have a keen sense of target audiences, a love of research and data, a meticulous eye for detail, and an upbeat, positive personality? If so, you may make a great Account Manager! The Account Manager serves as the team’s liaison and bodyguard between Hoppers and agency/client and is in charge of protecting and expounding upon the creative brief and strategy.

 Specifically, desired skills include:

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent time management and organization
  • Background in market research and brand strategy
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well with others


Digital Strategist – Digital marketing has a role in nearly every project that walks through an agency’s doors. The Digital Strategist will guide the Hoppers toward the best mix of digital marketing tools for each project; from social media (both organic and paid strategies), landing pages, SEM and SEO strategies, email marketing, digital advertising (like Spotify, Hulu, banner ads, etc.) and more! Do you have what it takes to put together the strongest plan for a given assignment, and to work with the Copywriter and Graphic Designers to develop the necessary creative assets?

 Specifically, desired skills include:

  • Basic knowledge of website content management systems (like WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of SEM and SEO
  • Basic knowledge of email marketing platforms (like MailChimp, ConstantContact, HubSpot, etc.)
  • Understanding of key social media platforms and how they work
  • Background in putting together social calendars and content strategies


Copywriter* – The storyteller, tone keeper, and crafter of rhetoric for all projects taken on by the Hoppers. The copywriter’s role is to transform the brief and strategy into a voice, that can draw in a target audience, in an assortment of media and deliverables. The Copywriter will work closely with the Graphic Designers to develop and hone the creative output of the Hopper team.

Specifically, desired skills include:

  • A knack for storytelling and persuasive prose
  • Experience writing for a variety of media…from the teeniest tweet to lengthy Webpages
  • Excellent proofreading and copyediting skills
  • Ability to write in a variety of styles and voices

*A portfolio is required for Copywriter applicants


Graphic Designers* –  Can you produce eye-catching visuals, informative infographics, click-worthy banner ads, and legendary logos? Are you more adapt to illustration, motion or UI/UX design? The internship Hop is calling for two Graphic Designers, who will cohesively lead the visual design/art direction for the Hoppers, while staying true to strategy, brand standards and elevating the content. Show us what unique experience YOU will bring to complement the other designer and round out the Hopper team.

 Specifically, desired skills include:

  • Proficient knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (required)
  • Understanding of basic principles of art direction and design
  • Understanding of basic principles of typography
  • Experience in brand identity design

 Additional experience in any of the below is also highly desired!

  • Motion/video
  • UI/UX design
  • Photography
  • Packaging design
  • Animation

*A portfolio is required for Graphic Designer applicants


Internship Hop Applications 2020

  • include campus student organizations
  • If applicable
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please submit a PDF titled "LastName_FirstName Resume". Cover letter should express intent of Internship position.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    From a teacher or faculty member, must be signed. Please submit a PDF titled "LastName_FirstName Recommendation Letter"
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please submit a PDF titled "LastName_FirstName Resume"
  • If applicable.
  • Drop files here or
    Any pieces you'd like to submit for review. This is required for Copywriter and Graphic Design Interns. Account and Strategy interns submit a short essay on how they best suit their role.

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St. Louis Ad Agencies Unite!

The Internship Hop not only benefits the students, but your agency and the greater St. Louis advertising community as well. By opening the doors of different agencies we can showcase our industry to the next generation and help foster our community. By sponsoring the hop, you’ll also get:

  • An important recruiting tool: you’ll have access to a multi-disciplinary team of five potential hires
  • Agency exposure: Social Media, PR and Ad Club’s recognition through our growing channels
  • Real work: Agencies can get a completed campaign by setting the students to task

Want to learn more about becoming a sponsoring agency? Contact Andrea Spurlock at