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Internship/ Co-op Opportunity

Contact Cyndi Bartley | Operations & Marketing Director

The Visit Lake Norman internship is tailored toward that student and their career path. The events and Visit Lake Norman's goals and projects also shape the intern experience. Our internship is very hands-on and the intern has an opportunity to network with area professionals in marketing, parks, recreation, tourism, event planners, and event naming rights holders. This is an unpaid position, however the opportunity can be tremendous with excellent networking exposure. 


Visit Lake Norman currently has three (3) Internship opportunities available:

Marketing - Visit Lake Norman can provide experience and exposure in public relations, marketing/sales, event planning, Lake Norman area attractions, hotels, restaurants, and businesses related with the travel and tourism industry. The work experience is tailored to the student's career interest and focuses on building the student's portfolio and skills. 

Sports Marketing - The Lake Norman area attracts amateur sports participants from around the world and national and regional sporting tournaments. This experience includes working with sport naming rights holders, local event organizing committees, parks & recreation coordination, site visits, and various professional networking opportunities. Successful students will finish with great references and career/job experience. 

Graphic Design -  The Graphic Design internship lets you explore design aesthetics tailored to the marketing world of digital, media, print marketing and branding. Knowledge of the Lake Norman area attractions, lodging, dining and services are useful for VLN brand awareness as well as collateral and design development. You will leave with items to build the professional portfolio and career/job experience. 


Download Printable (MS Word) Application

Visit Lake Norman internship/co-op positions year-round. College students may start their experience based on schedule and University requirements. Application information for consideration is as follows: 

  • Must be a currently enrolled student during the internship
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must possess good organizational skills
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (other office suite software a plus), for summer marketing Internships Adobe Illustrator and In Design preferred 
  • Knowledge of the Lake Norman area is helpful

These positions will assist the Visit Lake Norman staff with promotional ideas, research, public relations and event coordination for the Lake Norman area. Interns are required to serve as a Visitor Center representative as needed to welcome the public when they arrive at the Visitor Center for information, as well as perform administrative duties as needed.

Other details:
  • Minimum of 15 hrs per week
  • Flexible scheduling based on student's course load and schedule (between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday- Friday, weekend or evening events possible)
  • This is an unpaid position, however possible incentives are available
Please submit your cover letter, resume, and completed application to:

Visit Lake Norman
Attention: Internship
19900 West Catawba Avenue, Suite 102
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031
(704) 987-3300 (phone) | (704) 892-5313 (fax)

or email to Cyndi Bartley at bartley@lakenorman.org


Intern Testimonials

"Over the summer, I had an incredible experience as a marketing intern at Visit Lake Norman. During the duration of my internship, I worked online and in-person at the visitor center. I developed my skills in social media, posting twice a week on Instagram. I enjoyed writing, editing, and updating blog posts on visitlakenorman.org. I learned how to utilize the CRM platform online to update account listings. I improved my research skills by editing the resource guides and pamphlets. I used graphic design to create Pinterest thumbnails and visitor center slides. I updated Visit Lake Norman’s visitor guide and google listings. In the visitor center, I answered calls and assisted guests with recommendations for their travels, and helping them with their purchases.
I am truly grateful for the experience and appreciate all the work that went into accommodating me and the other interns, with us working remotely and virtual communication. This experience has deepened my passion for my future in digital marketing and has led me to want to look into graphic design, and social media marketing. I enjoyed working with my supervisors, fellow interns, and ambassadors. The VLN team has shown me such kindness and given me knowledge that I will never forget. Thank you all, and take care!"

Hayes Almond, Sports and Marketing Intern (Summer 2020)

 

"As I head into the first Fall semester work week, I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for Visit Lake Norman who hosted me this summer as a marketing and PR intern.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic and having to convert a majority of the internship to a virtual environment, I was still afforded the opportunity to hone and develop various skills like writing blogs, drafting press releases, and developing content for Instagram. I was also given the chance to learn in-depth aspects of the operations of Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), such as Board of Director structure and meeting minute-taking, reviewing and interpreting social media and website analytics, utilizing content marketing, social media management, and CRM software, and conducting daily operations of a Visitor Center, which were incredibly valuable experiences I may not have gotten elsewhere.

I'm grateful to my supervisors and the staff for their constant support and feedback, for the collaboration and engagement of the other interns as we pursued our assignments, and for the insights and assistance of the ambassadors as we managed the Visitor Center. I am happy to have contributed to the team, and I wish the organization and staff a safe and successful future!"

Nicole Hilton, Public Relations and Marketing Intern (Summer 2020)

 

"Over the summer, I had an incredible experience as a marketing intern at Visit Lake Norman. During the duration of my internship, I worked online and in-person at the visitor center. I developed my skills in social media, posting twice a week on Instagram. I enjoyed writing, editing, and updating blog posts on visitlakenorman.org. I learned how to utilize the CRM platform online to update account listings. I improved my research skills by editing the resource guides and pamphlets. I used graphic design to create Pinterest thumbnails and visitor center slides. I updated Visit Lake Norman’s visitor guide and google listings. In the visitor center, I answered calls and assisted guests with recommendations for their travels, and helping them with their purchases.
I am truly grateful for the experience and appreciate all the work that went into accommodating me and the other interns, with us working remotely and virtual communication. This experience has deepened my passion for my future in digital marketing and has led me to want to look into graphic design, and social media marketing. I enjoyed working with my supervisors, fellow interns, and ambassadors. The VLN team has shown me such kindness and given me knowledge that I will never forget. Thank you all, and take care!"

Kelly deMontesquiou, Marketing Intern (Summer 2020)

 

"The first semester of junior year is right around the corner and summer is coming to an end! It’s a beautiful time to reflect on my time and experiences over the last few months. This past summer, I had an amazing growth opportunity to work as a Marketing Intern with Visit Lake Norman. Through this experience, I have enhanced my skills to display experiences second hand through diversely written blogs, vibrant Instagram posts, as well as spending time in the visitors center. This opportunity has given me perspective on how powerful words and connection can be for growing a community while also keeping it together.

I would like to thank all of my supervisors, colleagues, and mentors at Visit Lake Norman for believing in me and giving me the environment to conceptualize my creativity in such a unique market. I have truly learned so much and look forward to growing onward and upward in my professional pursuit thanks to the foundation Visit Lake Norman has provided me. I believe that this experience amplified my passion for communication and community, and for that, I am grateful."

Maria Rotunda, Public Relations and Marketing Intern (Summer 2020)​

 

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