Internship Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in interning at Welcome America, Inc. We are no longer accepting applications for 2021. Please check back for 2022 opportunities.

Welcome America Inc. Spring & Summer Internships 

Welcome America, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization in a public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Our mission is to celebrate our City through public expressions of art, culture, history, education, performance and entertainment. Welcome America’s vision is to create memorable, high-profile, signature city-wide events which enhance the visitor and guest experience, boost the local economy, and place Philadelphia on a national and international stage.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the spring 2021 internship program will be conducted virtually. Students must be willing to partake in video conferences and have accessibility to video conference programs such as, Google Meet, Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams. Students may choose to attend any in person meeting at their own discretion and in adherence with Welcome America’s team member health and safety protocols. Students must be available to work in person the week of the festival (dates TBD, but generally late June through July 4).

Welcome America, Inc. provides students a rare opportunity for real-world experience in a high-profile citywide event. We seek self-starters who are creative, ambitious, hard-working, energetic, diverse and proud to produce Philadelphia’s July 4th celebration. Each internship position will have a defined role, goals to be achieved, and with supervisory support to enable each intern to leave with a sense of accomplishment, new skills, real-life experience, and the opportunity to be a part of a large-scale multi-day festival. Interns play a vital role in the organization. They are given the chance to contribute their ideas, play an active role in their duties, and to work in a team setting. Great networking opportunity for interns looking for a future job in events, marketing, communications, and sponsorships. Our successful interns have gone on to paid, professional positions.

The Welcome America, Inc. spring and summer interns will work closely with each team member, including the executive team, gaining experience in Events, Marketing, Communications and Sponsorships. This internship is unpaid; however, students may receive course credit or industry hours for the completed internship program and can work directly with their internship supervisor on completing all necessary paperwork. The internship program will require approximately 20-25 hours a week and will require some nights and weekends for events.

Internship Opportunities Include:

Marketing & PR

  • Content management for website and social media, including sponsorship fulfillment and event promotion
  • Content development, including copy writing and basic graphic design, for website, social media and e-mail marketing
  • PR support, including writing media alerts, press conference planning and executing, press coverage tracking, assisting with media credential application process, and coordinating media relations on-site
  • Event promotion, including brochure distribution, community outreach and virtual or on-site promotion
  • Research, including questionnaire creation, on-site surveying, digital surveying and data analytics
  • General festival support and other duties as assigned

Sponsorship & Partnerships

  • Assist with drafting pitches for potentials sponsors of the festival
  • Attend partnership meetings with the Director of Partnerships
  • Assist with sponsor fulfillment & recap presentations
  • Collaborate with marketing department on sponsorship marketing deliverables
  • Virtual or On-site sponsorship logistics support of festival events
  • Track sponsorship fulfillment on marketing channels, including website, social media and e-mail marketing
  • General festival support and other duties as assigned
  • Interested candidates should have a focus in sales and partnerships or event logistics

Citywide Events

  • Assist with event programming, logistics and production
  • Virtual or On-site event support
  • General festival support and other duties as assigned


  • Available to work the week of the festival (Dates TBD, but generally late June through July 4).
  • Availability to work nights and weekends.
  • A positive attitude and team mentality.


  • Must be detail oriented, creative and organized.
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding of best practices for social media marketing for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Understanding of reporting and analytics.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Some jobs may require the ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus.
  • Camera and/or video equipment a plus.

*** Welcome America, Inc. is no longer accepting applications. Please check back for information for 2022 internship opportunities. ***

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.