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VISIT FLORIDA

Internships

VISIT FLORIDA offers internship programs through the Advertising,Corporate Communications, Creative Services, Editorial, Industry Relations, Information Technology, Marketing & Events, Promotions, Public Relations and Research departments during the spring, summer and fall. All internship programs are offered at the Tallahassee Corporate office. Each internship program requires a minimum of 25 hours per week and a stipend is awarded based on performance at the end of each internship.


Advertising & Internet Department Graduate Residency

The Advertising & Internet department is responsible for coordinating the efforts of contracted advertising and publishing agencies to create, purchase and measure performance of print, broadcast and electronic media promoting travel to and within Florida, primarily through cooperative advertising programs. The department also manages web development projects on VISITFLORIDA.com, the state's official travel planning web site. Direct marketing efforts are carried out through the VISIT FLORIDA Dialogue Program, a targeted direct mail and e-mail marketing program.

Graduate Residency responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assist advertising manager and marketing representative with current/new project development
  • Aggregate and summarize advertising measures
  • Assist with customer segment profiles
  • Further integrate marketing communication efforts

For more information:

Mallory Brooks, Account Executive
(850) 312-0050
mbrooks@VISITFLORIDA.org


Corporate Communications Department Internship

The Corporate Communications Department is responsible for public relations, media relations, crisis management and any other corporate-specific events on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. Through media activities, strategic programs, proactive pitching and integrated campaigns, the Corporate Communications Department manages corporate communications for the company and generates positive exposure for VISIT FLORIDA in media outlets throughout the world.

Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Writing news releases
  • Coordinating special events
  • Assisting with Crisis Communications
  • Proving support for Awards Entries
  • Conducting Media Relations
  • National Tourism Week
  • Assisting with Annual Report
  • Assisting with Legislative Education Campaign

For more information:

Kathy Torian, Corporate Communications Manager
(850) 205-3865
ktorian@VISITFLORIDA.org


Creative Services Department Internship

The Creative Services department is responsible for designing, creating and producing all in-house creative projects in support of VISIT FLORIDA's programs and missions.

Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Produce graphics for print and web publications
  • Work with local printers and support web publications
  • Develop and typeset layouts using design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)

For more information:

Damien Raimondi, Creative Services Manager
(850) 205-3816
draimondi@VISITFLORIDA.org


Executive Operations Internship

The Executive Operations department supports the President and CEO through public affairs and stakeholder liaison activities. The team manages the organization’s relationships with the board of directors and committees, elected officials, state agencies and various public/private partners.

The Executive Operations intern will assist the team on day-to-day activities, public affairs projects, board and committee liaison activities, special events and other projects on an as-need basis. The Executive intern should be comfortable with self-directed work and be prepared to work under deadlines.

Internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Write, rewrite, or edit reports, articles and letters for a variety of audiences
  • Assist with long-term projects, including VISIT FLORIDA’s Committee Application process
  • Develop and disseminate informational materials to specialized groups
  • Draft blogs, tweets, and talking points relating to department-led activities
  • Assist in coordination of Florida Tourism Day

Ideal candidate would possess the following:

  • Strong time management, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills  
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Self-motivated and have a desire to do high quality level of work with frequent deliverables
  • Demonstrate an ability to think creatively, independently, and problem-solve to meet long-range and short-range deadlines
  • Detail orientated with the ability to prioritize and complete required tasks
  • Diplomacy and good judgment

For more information:

Becca Smith, Executive Operations Representative
(850) 205-3854
bsmith@VISITFLORIDA.org


Industry Relations Department Internship

The Industry Relations department is responsible for the recruitment, engagement and retention of Florida tourism-based businesses into our VISIT FLORIDA’s Partnership Program. Through educational webinars, tradeshows, presentations, one-on-one marketing consultations, and e-Newsletters, the Industry Relations team strives to include more Florida travel and tourism businesses in the Partner program each day.

Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Membership retention through processing new partners, making welcome and retention calls, sending welcome emails and mailing out packets.
  • Database management using Salesforce, Informz, Exact Target and Gmail.
  • Coordinating small events for webinars, committee meetings, tradeshows, etc.
  • Reviewing and editing e-Newsletters and email messages for internal departments.
  • Provide technical support for business listings on VISITFLORIDA.com
  • Providing technical support for business listings on VISITFLORIDA.com.
  • Developing customer service skills through phone and email communications.
  • Preparing social media posts for industry-facing channels.

For more information:

Stefanie Curll, Industry Relations Representative
(850) 205-3861
scurll@VISITFLORIDA.org


Internet Department Internship

The Internet department is responsible for the production and management of the consumer-facing website, VISITFLORIDA.com. By closely working with our advertising agency, the Internet team supports all year-round campaigns, content creation, social media, and advertising. The Internet department uses VISIT FLORIDA’s content management system to host and manage all VISIT FLORIDA website content. The team members of the Internet department monitor performance and strategize audience reach and internet traffic. 

The Internet department internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with optimizing content for highest potential SEO value
  • Update content pages in our content management system
  • Assist all ongoing content audit efforts as needed
  • Update images in our digital asset manager
  • Research trends and changes in technology and keywords for SEO value

The ideal candidate would possess the following:

  • Enthusiasm to learn new systems and skills and quickly
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Detail-oriented mindset with the ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • A desire to gain experience in a content management system
  • A desire to learn more about SEO and digital content marketing

 For more information: 

Andrea Barnhill, Content Management Specialist
(850) 583-5664
abarnhill@visitflorida.org


Marketing & Events Department Internship

The Marketing & Events department is responsible for promoting tourism and reaching out to key travel professionals in Trade (travel agents, tour operators and consumers) and Meetings & Conventions Professionals, both international and domestic.

 Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assist with social media efforts on the Florida Meetings website for Facebook and Twitter
  • Assist in maintaining travel agent, tour operator and meeting professional databases
  • Research and update Domestic and International programs and markets
  • Provide support to Marketing & Event Team
  • Website maintenance and promotions

 For more information: 

Ms. E. Gray Tyndall, Marketing & Events Coordinator
(850) 205-3874
gtyndall@visitflorida.org


Public Relations Department Internship

The Public Relations department is responsible for promoting Florida's tourism assets to travelers around the world through efforts that include domestic, Canadian, European, German and Latin American strategies. Through efforts like media receptions and events, visits, missions, participation at trade shows, news releases and more, VISIT FLORIDA establishes and builds relationships with important travel media and earns millions of dollars in positive coverage of Florida's amazing assets.

Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Writing and editing news releases
  • Assist in coordinating special events and programs
  • Calculating media placement values
  • Media web site maintenance
  • Pitching Florida stories and destinations to travel media

For more information:

Kenneth Morgan, Public Relations Manager
(850) 205-3862
kmorgan@VISITFLORIDA.org


Research Department Internship

The Research Department is responsible for tracking the number of visitors to the state and economic indicators of the health of tourism in Florida. The Research Department also compiles and analyzes data to run it into actionable insights to direct the organization in its marketing programs.

Internship responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assist market research analyst and research manager with various projects
  • Collect and analyze data on economic indicators
  • Accumulate data from Welcome Centers, enter into system, and update website metrics to maintain current tourism indicators
  • Conduct analysis with SPSS and Excel
  • Aggregate and summarize advertising articles in journal publications and various other mediums
  • Assist with staff through collecting secondary research on various target groups
  • Assist in compiling data for publication and organizing reports and data for files
  • Assist in responding to ad hoc data request from staff

For more information:

Vicki Allen, Research Manager
(850) 205-3860
vallen@visitflorida.org


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