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Spring 2017: HI USA - Brand Ambassador Intern

Nov 8, 2016

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships


Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit organization founded on an enduring belief

in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around.

HI USA promotes a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity

to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts

more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80

years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented

lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country. Visit for more



As a HI USA Student Brand Ambassador, you must be passionate about travel and the impact

travel can have on individuals and the world, even if you’ve never left your hometown. Each

semester you will help HI USA spread the word about travel, hostelling, and how staying at a HI

USA hostel can help break down cultural barriers to build a more tolerant world. Some other

qualities we are looking for in our volunteers/interns include:

● You are a natural host. From showing out of town guests around campus to gathering

your friends for that must-see season finale, you love helping people come together and

share experiences.

● You are curious about the world and its people. Meeting people and hearing their stories

is one of your favorite things. You love learning about what makes each of us unique

and different and discovering that in many ways we are all the same. You are not afraid

to be the first to say “Hello.”

● You love to write. Whether it’s your witty Instagram posts or the blog you’ve been slaving

over since you were seven, you understand the power of the written word and you’re not

afraid to use it.

● You are creative. You know how to take a simple idea and make it spectacular. You can

do a lot with a small budget and a great team of people. People are still talking about

your last Build Your Own Tater Tot Tower birthday party and can’t wait to see what you’ll

do next year.


● Educate students about the benefits of travel, hostelling, and HI USA, its mission and


● Encourage intercultural communication and understanding by hosting events that

encourage students from different cultures to interact and representing HI USA at

cultural events on campus

● Foster a passion for travel in students with diverse backgrounds by hosting events that

highlight the benefits of travel, dispel preconceived notions and allay fears about travel,

provide opportunities for students to travel domestically and abroad, and reach out to

groups that are underrepresented in the travel community

● Grow HI USA’s community of travelers by encouraging students to travel to HI USA

hostels and helping to build our following on social media

● Drive overnights and revenue by educating new travelers about hosteling in general and

HI USA hostels and creating/promoting travel opportunities for university students


● Actively enrolled undergraduate student - sophomore or junior preferred

● Majoring in, or experience with, marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, or


● Good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher)

● Ability to commit to the program from January to May 2017 (with potential for extension

through the 2017-2018 school year)

● Excellent communication skills, both written & verbal

● Ability to speak in front of large groups of people

● Capable of working independently with little direct supervision, but frequent project

updates & reports

● Excellent organization and time management skills

● Ability to travel to nearest HI USA hostel and surrounding metropolitan areas on


● Candidates must be able to attend a training session in person, time and date TBD.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position with flexible hours and a variety of activities for you to

choose from to customize your experience based on your needs, interests, and schedule.

Students wishing to receive credit will need to consult with their school/department and

communicate credit requirements to HI USA. Visit to apply.