Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Interested in interning with the Cobb Chamber? We offer a variety of internships within our internal departments, providing a list of relatable experience for a wide range of career goals. Interns will receive hands-on experience working side-by-side Chamber staff and volunteers, and will walk away with new or sharpened skills and portfolio experience.

As a part of the Chamber’s internship program, participants also have the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops, meetings and events with speakers and topics relatable to career interests. We aim to provide optimal networking opportunities for each intern to gain meaningful contacts, experience and begin developing their own network.

Below are our available internship opportunities, each with a list of responsibilities and appropriate contact information. Please note: All internships are unpaid but can be used for class credit.

Interested applicants should submit questions or resume to the appropriate contact(s) listed with the department opportunity.

 

Economic Development

The Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. It is the mission of the Cobb Economic Development team to strengthen our local economy and drive the creation of jobs and investment. The Cobb Chamber serves as the single point of contact for economic development initiatives for both new and existing businesses, and plans multiple events throughout the year. Potential projects during an internship could include:

Event Planning – interns will take charge of many admin tasks associated with events (i.e. invitation lists, printing name badges, certificates, speaker/panelist confirmation, etc.)

RFI Assistance – when an economic development partner sends our team a Request for Information, the interns will assist in gathering the information needed to complete the form which includes contacting brokers, utility companies, ED partners at the city level, etc.

Committee Meeting Coordination – interns would coordinate participant schedules to ensure maximum attendance to meeting and send confirmations to all attendees.

Data Collection – This includes a variety of topics such as the Cost of Living Index research, trending analysis for existing industry, international market research, incentive policies, and city/state comparisons.

Industry Councils/Project Initiatives – Interns will research subject matter for and actively participate in group discussion. For example, our present intern is working on the Greenspace Initiative to develop an interactive trail system map.

In addition to these tasks, Economic Development interns are given the opportunity to attend many meetings, workshops and events where our local, city, and state economic development partners are also in attendance. There are opportunities to meet elected officials and those deeply connected in the business community.

For Economic Development inquiries, contact Amanda Blanton at ablanton@cobbchamber.org.

 

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications department is responsible for managing the Chamber brand, promoting the Chamber's missions, events and initiatives, and creating all publications, advertisements and collateral. Projects vary in complexity and need, typically including brainstorming, content and message planning, editorial writing and designing. Based on their skills and experience, interns will assist with projects, including:

Media Equivalency – maintain database of print and online media equivalency by cutting, measuring and calculating all news stories pertaining to the Cobb Chamber.

Public Relations Support – write and distribute press releases and media advisories promoting Cobb Chamber programs, upcoming events and news, follow-up calls with media outlets, assist with media requests, assemble press kits

Design Assistance – assist with design projects including advertisements, directories, flyers, etc.

Social Media Content – write blog posts promoting member and community news, monitor Chamber social media channels and help develop content

Writing Support – assist the department with various writing projects, including Message on Hold scripts, publication and web content, business letters, etc.

Ribbon Cutting Support – attend and photograph ribbon cuttings (when applicable)

In addition to these tasks, various projects may become available over the course of the internship. Skills and experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are preferred.

For Marketing and Communication inquiries, contact Anna Goolsby at agoolsby@cobbchamber.org.

 

Member Development

The Cobb Chamber is a member-based organization, with over 2,500 different member businesses. The Member Development department works for these members, fundraising and maintaining the internal operations of the Chamber so it can achieve its main function – investing in our local businesses and community. Member Development interns help with all aspects of this department, including:

Daily Administrative Work – includes depositing checks, data input, phone calls, creating member packets

Event Preparation – includes involvement in the creative process; communication with caterers, sponsors and attendees; additional work with invitations, sign-ups, data input, etc.

Event Assistance – event planning assistance including sets up at event and registration check-in

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – assists with planning and execution of ribbon cutting ceremonies, representing the Chamber in a professional manner

Membership Campaign (Spring & Summer Only) – event planning, data entry, prize recruitment for the annual membership drive, volunteer interaction

Ambassador Committee – assist in preparation for monthly meetings, communications with volunteer committee

Retention efforts – assist in all retention efforts including phone calls, emails, events and database management

For Member Development inquiries, contact Melissa Sabia at msabia@cobbchamber.org.

 

Member and Community Programs

With more than 400 events per year and 100 different programs, our Member and Community Programs department plans and executes the networking, growth and development opportunities offered to our members. This internship offers hands-on experience in event planning and volunteer coordination, with projects such as:

Professional Development efforts - includes involvement in the planning process; communication with Small Business Advisory Board and attendees; additional work with invitations, sign-ups, data input, etc.

Registration Assistance – check in members at events, opportunity to interact with our members

Event Assistance – assist with planning, set up, execution and post-event projects related to the many Chamber events; projects may include communication with caterers, sponsors and attendees, additional work with invitations, sign-ups, data input, etc.

Data Entry – inputting data and database management related to Chamber events and programs

Public Safety and Military Committees (Summer & Fall Only) – assist in preparation for meetings, communications with volunteer committee

Leadership Committees – assist in preparation for meetings, communications with volunteer committee

In addition to the above tasks, Membership Services interns will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of Chamber events, with the opportunity to network, listen to guest speakers, etc.

For Member and Community Programs inquiries, contact Katie Guice at kguice@cobbchamber.org.