The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (U.S.)


The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (U.S.)

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.

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To learn more about our 2017 interns’ experience, read their blog posts here!

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  • 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.


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:
  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.

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New York:


Washington, DC:

San Francisco:




Los Angeles:

* Please note: specialty areas offering internships are subject to change.

Application Submission Deadline - Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.