Other agencies might call it an internship program, but we offer and expect more.
From the start, our interns – who we call specialists – have been an integral part of Online Optimism.
They work 20 – 30 hours per week collaborating with our full-time employees, working for both our clients and Online Optimism itself. In return, we make sure they receive valuable, real-world experience, hourly pay, and the opportunity to team up with the best and brightest in the city.
Our specialists work under one of our five directors:
Real Work, Real Experience
This opportunity isn’t about getting your boss coffee–we have a Keurig for that. You’ll spend your time here working on real assignments and projects, participating in client meetings, and teaming up with full-time members as well as working independently. As one of our specialists, you’ll leave us with a complete portfolio of work as well as a killer answer when you’re asked to talk about a time you proved yourself in your next interview.
An Optimistic Culture
Our company aims to keep our staff happy and facilitate their work any way we can, which is why we provide you with top-of-the-line office equipment, keep our cabinets fully stocked with your favorite snacks, take the whole team to free Friday lunches at local restaurants, and have a casual dress code. We’re also a dog-friendly office–dog preferred, actually.
Cold, Hard Cash
We provide $10 per hour pay to all of our specialists. It’s the highest paid marketing internship you’ll find in New Orleans. For those still in school, we’re also happy to do everything we can to get you college credit. In addition, when your department director attends networking events and educational lunches, we’ll be sending you as well, ticket included.
Launch Your Career
Half our full-time team started at Online Optimism as specialists, and many of our specialists go on to work at some of the top digital marketing agencies around.
It’s Not for Freshmen
We have three requirements for our specialist applicants:
- First and foremost, an individual who works hard and wants to be a part of something exceptional.
- Already graduated, or graduating in less than a year, preferably leading to a degree in Marketing, Communications, English, Design, or Statistics.
- A previous internship, or some other professional experience, related to the department you’re applying for.
We’re aware: it can be frustrating to see a company expecting pre-entry-level applicants who are just starting out to already have experience, but our program isn’t marketing 101. You will be hitting the ground running with real work, which means you will have to bring a lot to the table.
For this reason, and the opportunities provided by our program, previous specialists include the usual rising seniors, as well as recent graduates and the occasional MBA and MFA.
Hear it from previous specialists
“The people are wonderful, the work is engaging, and the atmosphere makes it a joy to come in for work. Because of my experience here, I am even more confident in my PR capabilities and have acquired a new skills in SEO, Social Media, and Digital Ads that will be extremely valuable as I pursue my career in public relations or marketing.”
Specialist Program, Spring 2017
“Online Optimism saw that I wanted to learn skills that would translate to the working field and gave me the opportunities to do so. And because it is a smaller team, Specialists feel valued, trusted, and useful. I don’t think any other internship would have empowered me like my time at Online Optimism did.”
Social Media Strategist
Specialist Program, Spring 2017
Ready to Be a Specialist?
Our three specialist terms are below:
Spring Specialist Applications Open: November 6 – 19, 2017
Spring Specialist Term: January 8 – May 11, 2018
Summer Specialist Applications Open: February 26 – March 9, 2018
Summer Specialist Term: May 14 – August 31, 2018
Fall Specialist Applications Open: July 16 – August 3, 2018
Fall Specialist Term: September 4 – December 14, 2018