The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (U.S.) “The HBSI program has been my first taste of working in PR, and I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. The internship has exposed me to all of Burson-Marsteller’s practice areas, and working in a welcoming office environment has allowed me to confidently share new ideas and connect with staff of various levels. By the end of the summer I felt secure and ready to jump into the industry!” Maya, New York “The HBSI Program has provided me with an incredible opportunity to develop my skills in the PR industry while learning from the wisdom and guidance of some of Burson’s highest senior leaders. Being thrown into a fast-paced agency environment poses quite the challenge, but with the support of my supervisor, mentor, and the entire Burson community, I was able to deliver valued work to both my team and pivotal Burson clients.” Tristan, Washington, D.C. “My time at the HBSI program is flying by, with just enough time to let me try everything! Being exposed to the capacities of a global agency, made me aware of more options for professional growth in the industry. My favorite part has been learning from the Burson-Marsteller talent within and outside my office location. The agency’s practice teams are not set by office location, which allowed me to interact with other professionals and interns across other U.S. offices.” Maricela, Dallas “Being a part of the HBSI team has been one of the most full filling opportunities I have been able to experience. I have received advice from my mentors that I know I can carry with me through the rest of my professional career, and I have done so in an extremely welcoming environment. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to be able to be a Burson Person, this experience has sharpened my skills as a communicator, preparing me for post-graduate life.” Briana, San Francisco “My HBSI experience has been nothing short of incredible. Everyone I have worked with at Burson-Marsteller, either for a small or more extensive project, has taken the time to both explain areas where I can improve and applaud me when I have done a good job. I have learned so much about corporate communications, foundational public relations skills and professionalism, and I know that I am being taught by the best!” Shannon, Chicago “This summer, working as an intern in the Public Affairs & Crisis practice, I felt like my team really integrated me into every account I was working on. The assignments I received were substantive and educational, and I was always shown the final product that incorporated my work. Overall, I feel that this internship program has given me an incredibly well-rounded introduction to a career in public relations and communications.” Joe, New York “HBSI is a truly hands-on experience and the ideal introduction into the world of Public Relations. What I have appreciated the most about HBSI is that you are able to dive right into client work and collaborate with different members of the BM team, from Junior Associates to Senior Executives.” Danielle, Washington, D.C. ” “The HBSI program has been a fantastic internship experience. Each day I was challenged, valued and encouraged by my fellow Burson Persons. I learned more in these 10 weeks then I have at any other internship. From event planning and media relations to researching and drafting pitches, my skill set has truly grown. I can confidently say I am a more savvy and refined public relations professional and I’m excited to take the industry by storm.” British, Los Angeles +Launch Gallery The Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program is a paid internship at one of our U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices. Each intern is assigned to a client team or practice group. During the internship, students work closely with experienced industry professionals. HBSI interns are given the opportunity to work as a team member, while gaining valuable work experience. Colleagues from different specialty areas of Burson-Marsteller conduct seminars for interns each week. Interns are also grouped into teams where they work on a special HBSI final project, which they present to a senior management panel for review at the conclusion of the internship. The summer internship offers an invaluable and hands-on career-development experience that can often lead to an employment opportunity with us after graduation. Click here for the 2017-2018 Recruitment Tour Click here to access the 2016 intern reflections video! Click here to access the 2015 intern reflections video! To learn more about our 2017 interns’ experience, read their blog posts here! Like us on Facebook Follow our program on Twitter via #HBSI2018 – Click here to learn more about our 2018 Twitter Contest. Burson-Marsteller and The LAGRANT Foundation Partnership – click here to learn more APPLICATION DETAILS REQUIREMENTS Rising seniors, 2018 graduates, and current graduate students may apply A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.2 out of a 4.0 scale Strong research, written and verbal communication skills *For answers to the most frequently asked questions about the program, please click here. APPLICATION PROCESS For consideration, all applicants must submit the below by Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59 PST. If any application requirements are missing, your application will not be considered. Getting Started: Apply online! Please submit one application that contains the following items: Resume College transcript (official or unofficial) Letter of recommendation from educators, internship employers, or others Cover letter (in your cover letter, please discuss your interest in the industry and why you want to be part of the HBSI program) Press release: You’ve just been hired by Burson-Marsteller. Write a press release announcing your hire. Be creative! Essay: Choose ONE of three topics listed below. The essay should be 2-3 pages long (double spaced) and have your name listed in the upper right hand corner of each page: Think of a company that recently encountered a crisis and that handled the situation poorly. What would you have done differently to protect and repair their reputation? What company do you think most effectively integrates digital/social media into their communications in an authentic and engaging way? What are the lessons others could draw from their success? Using an evidence based approach to develop a communications program can help make the program more targeted and effective. How might you use research and insights to ensure a public relations campaign has significant impact? We offer internship opportunities throughout our U.S. locations in the following offices; specialty areas* for each office listed below. If you wish you to be considered for an Internship in more than one location, you will be able to identify your top three location preferences during the application process. Click here to apply now! New York: Consumer and Brand Marketing Corporate and Financial Communications Healthcare New Business Development North of Nine Communications Palisades Media Ventures Public Affairs & Crisis Technology Worldwide Communications Chicago: Consumer and Brand Marketing Corporate and Financial Communications Healthcare Technology Washington, DC: Direct Impact Healthcare Palisades Media Ventures Public Affairs & Crisis San Francisco: North of Nine Communications Healthcare Technology Pittsburgh: Consumer and Brand Marketing Boston: Healthcare Technology Dallas: Corporate and Financial Communications Public Affairs & Crisis Los Angeles: Consumer and Brand Marketing * Please note: specialty areas offering internships are subject to change. Application Submission Deadline – Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.