Other agencies might call it an internship program, but we offer and expect more.
Our Specialist program was crafted to be the leading program for college students and recent grads to build a future career in marketing or design. We see it as the last internship you’ll ever do.
If Accepted for this Specialist Position, Your Day to Day Work Will Consist Of:
- Assist in creative research for long-form content pieces.
- Craft blog posts drafts for approval.
- Perform keyword research to determine high-value content opportunities.
- A nearly infinite amount of writing.
You Should Apply for this Specialist Position If:
- You have experience writing for a professional organization with the portfolio/writing samples to prove it.
- You love writing all day, every day.
- You’re interested in creating content for a variety of industries.
- You’ve been told you have an eye for detail, and impeccable grammar.
Our Specialists work 20 – 35 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.
COVID-19 & Our Specialist Program
Since COVID-19 began upending the world as we know it, our Specialists have had the opportunity to work entirely remotely. Most of them have taken the chance to do so, with a few electing to work in office following COVID-protocols. Since then, we’ve had three full Specialist programs come and go. We feel, and our surveys of Specialists show, that this program continues to be highly successful in accomplishing its goals through COVID-19.
That being said, we are looking for Specialists to work from our offices this fall, if the pandemic conditions do not worsen. Our offices are located in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. We will accept Specialist candidates from any of these locations.
What Are Some Features of Our Specialist Program?
Real Work, Real Experience
This opportunity isn’t about getting your boss coffee – we already have cold brew on tap for that.
You’ll spend your time here working on real assignments and projects, being involved in actual client work, and teaming up with full-time Optimists as well as handling tasks 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.
Cold, Hard Cash
We provide $15/hour pay to all of our Specialists. 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 in New Orleans or Atlanta Through Our Internship
A majority of 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.
An Optimistic Culture
Our company aims to keep our team happy and facilitate work any way we can, which is why we provide you:
- Weekly happy hours
- A casual dress code
- Care packages and fun office events
- Birthday treats
Bettering Your Community
As part of our efforts to educate, inform, and improve our work, our Optimists often attend networking and educational events. We believe this need extends to our Specialists as well. While you are a Specialist at Online Optimism, we’ll be sending you to at least 2 virtual networking events that emphasize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in marketing. You’ll also have the opportunity to join our organization’s bookclub, and participate in other efforts that our agency is working toward.