Become a Placemaker Apprentice

Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in marketing places. Our exclusive Place Marketing Internship Program offers aspiring place marketers the opportunity to gain unmatched first-hand experience by working with diverse cities, regions, states and countries including Dubai, Netherlands, U.S. Virgin Islands, North Carolina, Texas, and California.  Since 1960, we have represented more than 450 places helping them to attract both investors and visitors.

DCI’s Place Marketing Internship Program places candidates in prime position for full-time hire. In fact, many place marketing trainees have transitioned into full-time employees. These paid internships are open to college seniors, recent graduates and graduate students.

Aspiring place marketers will get first-hand experience in areas such as:

  • Economic Development
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Travel Trade Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Media Pitching
  • Research

At DCI, gain valuable agency experience and build a portfolio through:

  • Writing pitches, press releases and other materials for media
  • Developing and implementing telephone pitching projects
  • Creating marketing presentations and materials
  • Event coordination
  • Monthly reporting and client communications
  • Research and database management

DCI’s Place Marketing Internship Sessions are conducted three times a year and we typically hire 5-7 interns per session for positions across all divisions. The sessions are 12 weeks with an option to extend up to 16 weeks.

Place Marketing Internship Sessions:

  • Spring: January-April
  • Summer: June-August
  • Fall: September-November

Professional Development Sessions:

A supportive setting from the very start, the Place Marketing Internship Program commences with orientation, highlighting a company overview, tips for success, and informational sessions with DCI division leaders and current full-time staff that have successfully transitioned from the intern program to full-time employment.

In addition to exclusive intern educational sessions, interns participate in staff meetings and brainstorming sessions. Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of DCI’s professional development program, which offers education opportunities and events for all DCI staff.

Intern supervisors conduct mid-session and exit reviews with all interns to discuss progress and gain feedback on the program. At the end of the program, interns are are required to conduct a presentation about their experience at DCI.

Pay and Hours:

DCI pays a competitive stipend of $200/week and/or college credit. Positions are full time (35-40 hours/week) in our offices in New York, Denver, L.A. or Toronto.

Are you a place marketer in the making? Ideal candidates should have:

  • An achiever mentality
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to “work the phones”
  • Solid research capabilities
  • Interest in working both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to work full-time in our offices in New York, Denver, L.A. or Toronto

To Apply:

Our clients are diverse and so is our staff of 40+ professionals.  We encourage all qualified aspiring marketers to apply. Send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship program to Please indicate the session and city for which you are applying in the subject line.

All qualified applicants will be asked for writing samples and a letter of recommendation. A phone and/or in-person interview is also required.