About the Internship

CJRW has a long tradition of providing paid summer internships to exceptional college and graduate students. Every summer, a new class has the opportunity to be part of the fast-paced agency life at a premier advertising agency.  Submit your applications for the 2021 summer internship here

Our interns experience real agency life:

  • Working directly on accounts with members of the agency
  • Visiting client sites and working with account executives
  • Attending client and creative meetings
  • Touring local media outlets
  • Participating in radio and television commercial production
  • Completing a special intern class project
  • Raiding the occasional ice cream truck 

The CJRW Internship Program began in 1962. Honed for many years, it offers a challenging, intense insight into how a successful agency works. Our first CJRW intern was Ron Robinson, who later returned and ended his career here as chairman and CEO of the firm. In short, we expect a lot from you, and you should expect a lot from us.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What areas of study are preferred?

Most applicants are working towards a degree in journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, business, writing, communications, English or art and design. Other majors related to the advertising business will be considered and are not limited to this list.

What levels of education are accepted?

We accept undergraduates who have completed the credit hours to be a junior or senior. We also encourage recent graduates to apply as well.

What do we look for in our interns? 

  • Good organizational skills and the ability to adapt to deadlines, new assignments and situations quickly 
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills 
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Google Docs
  • Knowledge of social media platforms 
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and work

Which CJRW offices offer internships?

Our Little Rock office accepts interns each summer. 

What positions are available?

Positions are available at our Little Rock office in the areas of account services, creative services, public relations, media and digital services.

Will I be able to experience other departments outside of my specific position’s department?

Yes, this internship will give you an insight into every department of our agency, whether it is just a slight peek into our media procedures or a full-day learning broadcast production at the Buffalo River.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, we do!

How do I apply?

The application period is now open for the 2021 summer internship, you'll be able to tell us about yourself through an online form.  The application period will close on Friday, March 12th.  

Quick Facts

  • 9 interns hired since 2014
  • CJRW internships offered since 1962
  • First intern was Ron Robinson, later CJRW chairman and CEO 

Past Intern Testimonials

Brooke Borgognoni, 2019 Intern
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Associate Social Media Coordinator, CJRW

As an advertising and public relations student at the University of Arkansas, I always knew I wanted to work at CJRW.  The internship program was the glimpse into agency life that I needed to confirm my CJRW dream job.  During the six-week program, I worked with the Media team to help plan and buy traditional and digital media for clients and also teamed up with the other interns to create and execute a traditional campaign. 

I was truly amazed at the knowledge and experience I gained in such a short amount of time and was excited for my future in the field.  The year after my internship, I was hired full-time as an Associate Social Media Coordinator.  Looking back, I wish I had applied for a CJRW intership sooner!

Estefanie Perez, 2016 Intern
Ouachita Baptist University

Public Relations Specialist, CJRW

Over the summer of 2016, I worked in the Public Relations department at CJRW, and I could not have asked for a better internship experience. 

The breadth of knowledge, as well as the various clients and services that the agency manages, provided an environment that was both exciting and challenging. Being able to work with clients in different industries was such a rewarding experience, especially since I could come in every day guaranteed to do something different than I was the day before.

This program allowed me to learn about the PR profession, expand my skills and revise my future career goals in a way that exceeded my expectations. The best part of the program was feeling like I was a valued member of the team and not “just an intern.” In fact, I was hired full-time upon graduation and officially joined the CJRW team in June of 2017. I will always remember this internship because I believe it is the foundation of my professional career. 

Blake Bowlin, 2017 Intern
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Account Executive, CJRW

This internship was much more “hands-on” than previous internships I had. This program allows you to learn from some of the best industry professionals in every single department at CJRW. I loved the fact that being an intern at CJRW is more than running errands and making coffee; it’s more about fully immersing yourself into the day-to-day operations of the agency and learning what it is truly like to manage a daily workload with various clients.

Shortly after my graduation, I was hired full time to join the Account Services team. I was able to take the skills and processes I learned during my internship to excel in my full time role. My absolute favorite part of working at CJRW is the workplace culture. The staff and leadership at CJRW create a unique atmosphere that I knew I wanted to be a part of as soon as my internship ended. The internship offers invaluable experience to help with the next step of your career, whether you’re in the advertising and marketing business or any other industry. By the end of it, you’ll be wishing it lasted longer than six weeks.

Dalaney Thomas, 2015 Intern
Ouachita Baptist University

Senior Account Executive, CJRW

I, like many college graduates, had uncertainties about what my next step needed to be after graduation, but my internship with CJRW was the best possible choice. I gained experience in several departments and quickly discovered the excitement of agency life. My time as an intern is undoubtedly what solidified the career path I wanted to take and what inspired me to work as hard as possible in order to become an employee. I’m blessed to say I’m still with CJRW almost six years later. 

Jackie DeSalvo, 2014 Intern
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Onboarder, Apptegy

My internship was one in a million! From taking photos in Hot Springs to making a silly radio commercial. We were able to help Visiting Arkansas by going to different towns and being secret shoppers. We went with the Buzz radio station to Magic Springs and Crystal falls to do the first ever radio broadcast on a roller coaster! On the more serious side, we helped shoot a commercial for Oaklawn. I even got to work first hand with the photographer at the Osborne auctions. I wouldn’t trade any memory or anything I experienced with CJRW.