Are you looking to fuse your love for the arts with the writing skills you’ve been developing in college? Do you have a can-do attitude and a focus on creating quality content? And do you like to have fun? Then the Hipp’s marketing internship might be for you! 

As a marketing intern, you’ll be responsible for getting people to buy into the Hippodrome. Sure, we want people to buy tickets to our Mainstage shows and cinema screenings. But we also want them to buy into this place that we love so much. The Hippodrome is a true cornerstone of downtown Gainesville, and your job as a marketing intern is to make sure that the community doesn’t just know that — they feel it. We want you to get people flowing in through our doors, excited about our programming and our mission.

While working with our marketing team, you’ll have the opportunity to create original content for our website and social media pages. You’ll become one of the most in-the-know people about the downtown area. You’ll be pushed to flex your creative muscles and produce meaningful work. If you’re up for the challenge, we think you’ll really enjoy yourself.


This internship includes working at the theatre during weekday office hours, as well as occasionally working evening/weekend Mainstage performances.
Positions are available for Spring 2017. This is a part-time internship. Reports to the Managing Director and Marketing Assistant.

Essential Position Functions

  • Design newsletters, print advertisements, flyers and online advertising
  • Create website and social-media graphics based on style guide, production themes and artistic vision
  • Create interesting, engaging and relevant social media content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Take quality photos to promote Mainstage shows, cinema screenings, rental spaces, education programs and special events
  • Write effective press releases that will be sent out to a wide range of publications, including The Gainesville Sun and The Alligator
  • Work with local radio stations on scheduling interviews and giveaways
  • Pick up and deliver marketing materials; organize and schedule other interns to assist with print campaigns, such as distributing materials and completing local postering routes
  • Table at community events, promoting Hippodrome programming and distributing marketing materials
  • Assist with general administrative duties to keep the theatre running in tip-top shape

Skill Requirements

  • Currently studying journalism, public relations, marketing or another related field at an accredited institution; other applicants will be considered if they have comparable skills and drive
  • Flexible, positive, go-getter attitude; evening and weekend hours are sometimes required
  • An enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative personality
  • A commitment to promptness and a proven reliability
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy artistic environment
  • Ability to think on feet and step into unfamiliar roles
  • Ability to create outstanding images and generate fresh social-media content; access to a DSLR camera/quality phone camera (i.e. iPhone 6/iPhone 7) is a plus
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, along with a firm grasp on AP Style
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented but able to envision the theatre’s long-term goals
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Google Drive a must; knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and other Adobe programs a plus
  • Knowledge of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; proven experience operating a professional business or organization’s social media is a plus
  • Brownie points: Knowledge of WordPress and Constant Contact, or similar applications desired

To apply, please submit your résumé, cover letter and three writing clips to internships@thehipp.org with the subject line “Marketing Internship – YOUR NAME” by Oct. 31. Including published articles and sample press releases are strongly encouraged. If you have graphic design or photography experience, please outline that in your cover letter and attach a small portfolio of your work or a link to your website.

NOTE: Qualified applicants may be hired prior to the application deadline, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply quickly so as to secure an interview slot.