Believe it or not, we’re already thinking about summer. Why? Because we’ve kicked off summer internship planning — except we aren’t hiring interns this year.
In 2020, we’re doing things a little bit differently: We’re sunsetting our intern program and launching a new program — one that is more inclusive, comprehensive, and substantial.
It’s called the Blue State Fellowship.
What makes the Fellowship different? Well, our new program is more long-term than it is temporary. We’re not restricting open opportunities to three months in the summer — or to college graduates. Instead, the Fellowship offers six-month paid contract opportunities on a rolling basis to college grads, career changers, or candidates on more unconventional paths.
Another wrinkle: instead of just one focus area, every opportunity will offer training in two complementary disciplines — so, designers may be exposed to user experience, analysts may cross over into strategy, and writers may contribute to advertising strategies.
As always, participants will be immersed in every aspect of our work, brand, and culture. We’ll assign mentors to all fellows and ensure that they get the hands-on experience and guidance they deserve. We’ll make sure everyone gets the chance to do substantive work on real client projects, build relationships with colleagues, and function as integral members of discipline teams and project teams — and we promise we’ll never ask you to get coffee or fix the printer.
Ultimately, we changed things up for 2020 because we wanted a more inclusive program — one that was more accessible to candidates with varied backgrounds and years of experience. We wanted to extend the Blue State learning experience beyond 90 days — enabling all participants to benefit from the depth and breadth of the program, preparing them to take on greater responsibility after the six months are up.
Needless to say, we’re more excited than ever to meet the next generation of Blue Staters. If you’re interested in an open opportunity, check out our current job postings here or submit a general application.
One more thing: As we get ready for summer, we are packing our calendars full of career fairs. Here’s where we’ll be, and when — come say hey if our paths cross.
Have other questions about the Fellowship program, or just want to chat? Feel free to contact us here.