9 Awesome Internship Job Posts (and How To Write Them)

503337225_0498ac2906_zNot unlike seasoning the perfect steak or coaxing a roaring campfire from tinder, writing a great internship listing is a subtle art. On one hand, you want to be clear about the qualifications you’re seeking in an intern and outline the position’s responsibilities. On the other, you want to represent the terrific work your team produces while striking a tone that reflects your company’s culture.

Most internship job posts err too far on either side of the spectrum, but with our new internship templates—and a couple drafts—you’ll find that delicate balance. Below are ten examples of internship listings that make us want to intern for them. Some are serious, and some are silly, but they all have that special something when it comes to inviting top candidates to apply.

Redfin: Quality Assurance Intern

Redfin smoothly transitions from introducing the company to describing the QA role, and finally to presenting its perks. “You’ve beat the Legend of Zelda and found all the secret rooms,” reads the post, at once illustrating the team’s work ethic and its playfully nerdy side. While this listing doesn’t get bogged down in job specifics, it does paint a thorough portrait of the kind of person who would succeed at it.

VegNews: Editorial Intern

The VegNews internship post is clean, informative, and emphasizes the company’s ethos. The subdued tone imparts professionalism while enticing candidates with a host of benefits upfront. The listing also fills applicants in where many others stay mum, describing the work environment (“a beautiful, modern office in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District”) and what the company looks for in a cover letter.

Lowercase Capital: Cowpoke/Intern

This post adopts a rollicking tone from the get-go and carries the reader through a lengthy rundown of responsibilities by the sheer force of wit and humor. One-liners like “you have tattooed three potential business models for Twitter on your inner thigh” are tongue-in-cheek ways to illustrate the ideal intern and promote the company brand. Name-dropping and industry lingo pepper the content, inviting candidates who know their stuff to apply.

Yelp: Marketing Intern

Yelp’s internship listing stands out by describing the intern’s role in the context of the larger Community Management team first. For a company that thrives on promoting social, community-oriented lifestyles, emphasizing a collaborative work culture is a smart move—especially when it comes with “as much Yelp marketing schwag as can be swallowed.” The post exudes personality while also providing crucial information in an organized format.

charity: water: Volunteer Program Intern

The charity: water internship post begins with an overview of the position before breaking it down into concrete responsibilities, putting the “why” before the “how.” The elegant formatting of desired skills echoes this by grouping specific skill sets under larger character traits. This internship description sparks enthusiasm for the cause: interns do not only maintain volunteer relationships, but they also “love! enjoy! savor!” them.

McSweeney’s: Intern

Literary empire McSweeney’s is known for its snarky sense of humor, and this personality extends to their internship job post. Right off the bat, candidates know to expect a “haphazard, disorganized, and entirely unpaid” position, but are assured that interns “generally seem to have good experiences.” Though brief, this listing covers all the bases and lets the tone inform as much as the content.

TED: Screening Intern

TED promotes incendiary ideas and incendiary people, so it follows that they care about the passions of the interns that work for them: “This is not about what you’re majoring in—we’re looking for deep personal interest.” The focus on personal development in the post highlights the culture of the organization and how a candidate’s intellectual curation can benefit a community.

Kiva: Mobile Application Developer Intern

A rundown of the global impact that Kiva has made—and a glimpse at what it has the potential to do—places the internship in the context of the organization’s larger goals. The rest of the information comes in neat segments, with most of the focus on the skills and qualifications of an ideal intern. This format highlights internship structure and demands experience from potential candidates.

Leap Motion: Intern

This catchall job description, meant for Leap Motion full-time employees and interns alike, emphasizes the company’s collaborative culture and the value of each individual’s contributions. A company working on the technological frontier, Leap Motion advertises the value of joining a “core team that will help develop the foundation for innovators in the future.” If that doesn’t get applicants pumped, then those are the wrong applicants.

Now that these ten variations on the Great American Internship Job Posting have stoked your imagination, it’s your turn to write one. Whatever the structure, style, tone, or length of the post, focus on balancing information about the company and the role. If you’re still stuck, get started with one of our tailored internship templates and let the applications roll in.

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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is VP of Marketing and co-founder of Looksharp. He has spent the past decade helping students launch their career, researching best practices for hiring millennials (including running Looksharp's annual "State of College Hiring") and sharing these insights with employers. Nathan's work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and more. Outside of work, Nathan is an avid rock climber, back packer and Bob Dylan fan.