The best way to ensure that the most promising and brightest students are exposed to careers in b-to-b media is to give them hands-on experience in your company as a BPEF intern. BPEF recruits candidates from among the best colleges and universities in the country. We encourage all ABM member companies to take advantage of the BPEF internship program by hiring interns.
Consumer-oriented media internship programs compete with BPEF to enlist the best students, so it is imperative that the BPEF program provide interns a truly unique and fulfilling experience, with as much guidance and industry exposure as possible. Because BPEF places interns in multiple cities each year, it is impossible for the BPEF staff to provide a formal orientation for the interns upon their arrival. We ask that participating companies assist us with this crucial element of the internship experience.
Please read the following guidelines carefully before committing to place a BPEF intern.
- Interns must work at least 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.
- Paid internships must pay at least $9 per hour (suggested rate is $9-$15 per hour). For-credit internships must offer tangible educational benefits in addition to normal workload (e.g., weekly one-on-one time with the supervisor, inclusion in industry conferences, publication of a predetermined number of bylined articles, etc.)
- Supervisors must be available to the interns for guidance and instruction.
- Interns must be given meaningful and worthwhile assignments that foster their growth. While a degree of “grunt work” is to be expected in any internship, it should be kept to a minimum, and the majority of the workload should focus on the specific function or area that the intern applied for.
- Upon arrival, interns must receive a clear list of assignments and responsibilities. They must be given an adequate workload, and their responsibilities should increase over the duration of the internship.
- Participating companies must communicate with interns prior to their arrival and provide them with directions to the office and instructions on who to report to and where to go once they have arrived.
- Participating companies must inform interns of company policies prior to arrival, such as dress code, and any other aspects of the company culture that they must adhere to.
- Interns should be given a brief orientation by human resources or other staff on the first day of the internship.
Selection of Interns
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above within their major to be eligible for BPEF internships. They must fill out an extensive application indicating knowledge of and experience in the specific area that they are applying for, along with writing samples (if they are applying for an editorial internship).
Participating companies have the option to view applications and select their own intern(s). For summer internships, there are strict deadlines that must be met for intern selection.
Participating companies also have the option to interview candidates before making a final selection.
Request an Intern
If you are an ABM member company and are interested in employing one or more BPEF interns, please fill out this Intern Request Form and send it to Elizabeth A. Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org.