The AgencySpy List o’ 2020 Summer Agency Internships

By Doug Zanger 

The summer internship in advertising is one of those rites of passage that veterans in the biz look at with equal parts wistfulness and horror. While friends were working down the Jersey Shore (that’s correct sentence structure, by the way), some of us were cutting vellum and writing copy for radio ads. And, in some cases—alright, most cases—these agency internships meant no pay. But COLLEGE CREDIT, right?!

Thankfully, those kinds of summer agency intern gigs are (hopefully) gone and replaced with those that are, if not wildly profitable, then at least something that will help young talent get a head start on a career in the agency world.

With that in mind, your affable friends here at AgencySpy are letting you know what summer agency internships are available. This will be a running list, and we’ll let you know on Twitter (@AgencySpy) when we add new (paid) internship opportunities.

Are you an agency with a paid summer internship program? Let us know by clicking here.

If you’re not paying interns, don’t bother sending it to us. Students have enough to deal with (we’re looking at you, student debt) without having to pay for the “privilege” of coming up with a TikTok campaign that nets you a new client.

We also invite students and industry folk alike to look at last year’s useful Adweek Grad Guide, filled with tips to continue your agency education.


Agency: Young & Laramore
Location(s): Indianapolis
Positions: Art Director, Designer. Writer, UX/UI Designer
Internship dates: Jun. 1 to Aug. 7
Compensation: Based on experience and education
Living/travel expenses covered? No.
Link to apply
Deadline: Friday, Mar. 27
Other information (from agency): Requirements: Know a little something—but most of all, know that you don’t know everything. Be curious, eager and ready to jump right in. If you’re applying for a creative position, we’ll want to see your portfolio. Otherwise, just send along your resume and anything else you think we should see.


Agency: Modifly
Location: San Diego
Positions: Design, Account Management, Social Media Management, Photography
Compensation: $13/ hour
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Other information (from agency): We focus on social media as our main medium and work with clients such as: Fancy.com and Nordstrom amongst others. Please state in your message that you are looking for an internship. We promise to get back to you within 3 days. We are @wemodifly on Instagram and @modifly on LinkedIn.


Agency: Campbell Ewald
Location(s): Detroit
Program name: Pathways into Adland
Positions: Art Director, Copywriter, Production
Internship dates: Jun. 1 to Aug. 21
Compensation: $12/hour
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Deadline: Apr. 1
Other information: The Pathways into Adland Creative Internship Program is an opportunity for diverse individuals with a passion and potential for careers in creative advertising to gain the experience they need to work in the business.

CE’s Pathways internship experience is all about amplifying students of color with creative potential over portfolios. Students in this program will receive on-the-job mentorship, training, social support and a chance to end the summer being prepared to officially begin their careers in advertising. CE’s twelve-week program is looking for passionate students of color who may not otherwise get a foot in the door at other agencies simply because they lack “traditional” creative training and experience. What you lack before entering CE is what you gain by spending your summer in the Pathways Internship Program.


Agency: Hook
Location(s): Ann Arbor, Mich.
Positions: Design Intern
Internship dates: Jun. 8 to Aug. 17
Compensation: Paid
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Deadline: End of March
Other information: Interns will work on real projects and real clients. The focus is on digital advertising campaigns. Clients include a variety of technology and entertainment brands such as Google, YouTube, and Stripe. Hook is an independent creative production agency with additional offices in Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco


Agency: Sid Lee
Location(s): Culver City, Calif.
Positions: Art, Copywriting, Motion Design, Design
Internship dates: Jun. 1 to Aug. 30
Compensation: Not disclosed
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Deadline: Until filled


Agency: Agency EA
Location(s): Chicago
Positions: Marketing, Graphic Design, Client Services, Business Development, Copywriting, and Event Production internships
Internship dates: Jun. 8 to Aug. 14
Compensation: Not disclosed, but this is a paid internship
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Application Deadline: Mar. 31
Other information (from agency): We do exceptional, challenging work. And our intern program is no different. We want the best and brightest to join our team for the summer. Come learn and work in a casual, yet vibrant workplace where we provide you with real-time client projects and assignments, executive exposure, mentorship opportunities and professional development—not to mention a whole lot of fun!


Agency: The Variable
Location(s): Winston-Salem, N.C.
Positions: Account Management, PR/Social, Art Direction/Design, Copywriting, Strategy
Internship dates: Jun. 1 to Aug. 7
Compensation: Not disclosed, but this is a paid internship
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Deadline: Mar. 31
Other information: Interns will have the opportunity to work on real projects for real brands that may include P&G, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Char-Broil, Oklahoma Joe’s, Duke Health, among others.


Agency: OH Partners
Location(s): Phoenix and Las Vegas
Positions: Phoenix: Client Services Intern, Public Relations/Social Media Intern, Strategy Intern, Media Intern. Las Vegas: Client Services/Media Intern
Internship dates: Jun. 8 to Aug. 14
Compensation: $12.50/hour
Living/travel expenses covered? No
Link to apply
Deadline: Mar. 13
Other information: 32 hours per week


Agency: Bailey Lauerman
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Positions: Design, Account, Strategy, Media, Social, PR
Compensation: $12/hour
Living/travel expenses covered? Unclear
Link to apply
Other information: The agency has worked with clients including Ameritrade, Disney, the Smithsonian Institution, Cuties and Panda Express.


Agency: Bakery
Location(s): Austin, Texas, baby!
Program name: Somewhere Camp
Positions: Creative (Art or Copy), Account Management, Strategy, Data or Design. However, each participant will have the opportunity to work for multiple departments during the program.
Internship dates: May 11 to Aug. 14
Compensation: Not disclosed, but is a paid internship
Living/travel expenses covered? Unclear
Link to apply
Deadline: Friday, Mar. 13
Other information:

  • It’s the first year of the program and they are accepting two people total.
  • Clients include Smirnoff, LaCroix, Nike and Audi.
  • Agency positions itself as a creative and R&D and has an office in Tokyo.
  • Interns will work on real projects and real clients.
  • Must submit video in application.
  • Perks: Summer skip days, mini-retreats, pet-friendly office, weekly massage in the office, no time tracking.

Agency: TracyLocke
Location(s): Chicago, Dallas (Las Colinas), Wilton, Conn. and possibly New York City
What they’re calling their program: “Leave Your Mark”
Positions: Account Management, Creative, Strategy, Analytics and Media Planning departments. If you are applying for an internship in their creative department, you must provide a link to your portfolio.
Internship dates: Must be available between Tuesday, Jun. 9 to Thursday, Aug. 6
Compensation: Not disclosed, but is a paid internship
Living/travel expenses covered? Unclear
Link to apply
Deadline: Mar. 31
Other information: Clients include: Heineken, Diageo, PepsiCo, ZipLock, Pizza Hut, HP, Samsung


Agency: BBH New York
Location(s): New York City
Program name: The Barn
Positions: Creative: Art Director, Copywriter, or Designer; Account Management, as well as Strategy, Project Management, Production, and Finance.
Internship dates: June 1 to Jul. 31
Compensation: Not disclosed, but paid
Living/travel expenses covered? Unclear
Link to apply
Deadline: Mar. 2
Other information: Clients (in the network): Nike, Google, Tinder, Ikea, Absolut, FanDuel, TAP Portugal


Agency: Droga5
Location(s): New York, New York
What they’re calling their program: Apply Yourself V
Positions: Account Managers, Art Directors, Copywriters, Brand and Experience Designers, Art, Film, Interactive and Print Producers, Project Managers, Brand, Communications and Data Strategists
Internship dates: June 1 – July 31, 2020
Compensation: Not disclosed, but paid

Living/travel expenses covered? Not disclosed
Link to Apply: InternWith.Us
Deadline: Deadline to submit is March 19, 2020
Other information: Interns work together on a final project that allows them to get to know each department and how they all work together in order to make the best creative work out there. Interns also take part in key Droga5 cultural traditions: our annual day of community service.

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