Our Interns

The Intern Experience

At Sunwest, our philosophy on interns is simple: jump in and get as much experience as you can. Our interns are exposed to the full scope of agency life – from pitching media to team happy hours, and everything in between.

The role includes, but is not limited to, the following assignments:

  • Assist with media relations efforts through developing contact lists, writing pitches, making follow-up contact to secure coverage, and collecting and reporting coverage
  • Generate strategies and content for agency and client social media initiatives
  • Contribute general event, program and special project support
  • Conduct research for client work and new business opportunities
  • Participate in brainstorming and staff meetings
  • Regularly meet with assigned mentor

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate is a talented upper-level college student or recent graduate with the following qualifications:

  • A strong work ethic and interest in public relations or communications

  • Experience in today’s digital/social media landscape

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Attention to detail and deadlines

  • Strong presentation skills, poise and professionalism

Testimonials

Testimonials

Following college graduation, my biggest hope was that I would land at a place where I could continue learning and growing professionally. I am so glad I found that at Sunwest. I was surrounded by a group of hard-working, bright and gracious mentors. I learned so much about the Public Relations field and was constantly inspired by the successes of my team.

Though I was typically the youngest person in the room, my voice was always heard and respected by the most senior people in the room. I was invited to every meeting I could attend and encouraged to take on as many projects as possible. Because of this, I was able to work with a variety of clients and I never stopped learning.

Beyond all of the things I learned, I also had fun with the team. I felt encouraged and valued during my internship and I enjoyed going to work every day. I am so grateful for my experience with this incredible group and feel so lucky to have landed here after college.

- Caroline Barksdale, 2019 Intern

From the time I interviewed with Sunwest Communications, I knew they were unlike any other agency. It was clear that they were a group of professionals and a family. I moved to Dallas two weeks after I graduated from college to start my internship at Sunwest and the team immediately made me feel at home. They provided excellent training and made sure I felt like a valued part of the team. I worked with a variety of clients around the DFW Metroplex which quickly allowed me to get involved in the community. I worked in different core practice areas and was able to discover what my interests were. I loved building meaningful relationships with clients and I was always excited to go to work. This experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone and taught me so much about my industry and myself. My internship was a confirmation that I chose the right career path and I cannot thank the amazing Sunwest team enough!

- Alicia King, 2019 Intern

Before starting at Sunwest, I didn’t have much public relations experience besides what I learned in college. Crayton graciously gave me an opportunity for the internship, and I knew I couldn’t turn it down and I’m so glad I didn’t. Not only have I grown professionally but I have also built relationships that are indispensable. There is a reason the Sunwest team is called a family. The environment at Sunwest is extremely nurturing and encouraging. I can’t imagine a better place to grow, learn and be challenged. I’ve grown in my knowledge and skills in the public relations industry and I now feel equipped to further my career no matter where it takes me. From working with real estate clients to beauty clients, I learned so much about the industries and how things work. The team truly trusted me with important tasks and projects that I can look back on and feel proud of. I owe a huge thank you to the Sunwest family for caring for me and challenging me at the start of my career. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to experience such growth in such a fun-loving atmosphere.

- Sarah Spence, 2019 Intern

Being an intern at Sunwest has given me an opportunity to learn and grow as a professional in ways that I had not considered when I began this internship. Not only have I gained experience in working with a wide variety of clients, but more importantly, I have learned what type of culture I want to be surrounded by. Sunwest’s culture is what sets them apart from every other company. Here, the Sunwest team is a family. They care about you as an employee and as a person. They want you to grow into the professional they know you can be, and they foster this by letting you make and learn from your mistakes, ask questions and take initiative on projects. At Sunwest, I know that I am supported to learn how to do my job well. For this being my first internship in a corporate setting, Sunwest has set the bar very high for any future company I have the opportunity to work for, and I am extremely thankful for all I have learned during my time here.

- Jordan Gundersen, 2019 Intern

From the second I walked in the door of Sunwest on the first day of my summer internship, I immediately knew it would be a place where I would be challenged but also nurtured and taught. Looking back on this first impression, I realize that my experience with this company exceeded what I could have expected. Throughout my twelve weeks, I got the chance to genuinely learn from the team as I got to work on projects from all different sectors, including nonprofit, real estate, beauty, consumer, and corporate. The team assigned tasks and projects in which I had a lot of responsibility and therefore got tons of valuable hands-on learning. My time at Sunwest held many meetings with my company mentor and other executives who had a true desire to teach me and leave me with knowledge that I can carry into my future. The Sunwest team resembles a family both in the way that they care for each other and their clients, which is definitely something I desire in a work environment. It was an incredible experience getting to intern for Sunwest Communications and I would recommend it to anyone.

- Alex Drummond, 2018 Summer Intern

Interested in an Internship?

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Maggie Holley.

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