Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MSL Chicago Looking for Summer Interns! Application Deadline: March 15


I wanted to let you know that we just kicked off our search for summer intern candidates and I'm hoping you can help share this information with your students/network by asking them to apply here:! The application deadline is Friday, March 15. Our program is unique in that select applicants attend a Challenge Day in our office on Friday, April 5; this is a real-time opportunity to showcase their talent in an all-day competition. Challenge Day “winners” are offered an 8-12 week paid summer internship experience where they are embedded within a practice and assigned to multiple account teams. Combining client work with collaboration on a demanding group project and active participation in our summer training curriculum, the Summer Insiders Challenge offers a strong learning experience and grooms aspiring talent across the agency.


  • Duration: 8 -12 weeks; June – August 2013
  • Compensation: This is a full-time, paid internship.
  • Assignment: You will be assigned to work within a specific practice group/department and/or on an account team(s). You will also work with your fellow Insiders on a competitive project (completing a PR/integrated marketing program for one of our clients).
  • Mentor: A mentor will be appointed to guide you throughout the summer.
  • Training: You will participate in a robust PR training program, learning topics such as brainstorming, writing a PR plan, presenting with impact and leveraging digital/social media.

Part 1: Submit your resume through our applicant tracking system by Friday, March 15:
Part 2: Complete a series of essay questions by Friday, March 15:

  • Selected candidates will be invited to participate in Summer Insiders Challenge Day, held at the MSL Chicago office on Friday, April 5, 2013. (Candidates are responsible for their own travel and accommodations if selected to participate in Challenge Day.)
  • Candidates selected for Challenge Day will be notified on or around Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
  • During Challenge Day, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with MSL Chicago staff, participate in a brainstorming session, have one-on-one interviews, complete a writing/editing assessment and deliver a mini-group presentation. This is the chance to “wow us” with why you should be selected as a Summer Insider!
  • Based on the results of Challenge Day, we will select and notify the candidates chosen to be 2013 Summer Insiders by April 10, 2013, approximately.


  • Completed their junior year (rising seniors) or a recent graduate (December 2012 and May 2013) of undergraduate college;
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (communications-related major is preferred);
  • Available to visit the selected office for Summer Insiders Challenge Day; and
  • Available to work in our office 5 days per week (full-time) for 8-12 weeks.

We are interested in tracking how applicants learn of our internship program; please tell candidates to put my name in the referral field on the online application. Any questions about the program can be directed to my colleague Rachel Nathanson at 646-500-7711,

Dawn McKenzie, APR
Vice President
MSL Chicago
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza; Suite 4-150, Chicago, IL 60654
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