Internship FAQ’s

Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions, LLC was created in 2008 and the internship program began in the Fall of 2010 when ESMS was awarded the WCU Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Grant.  The following highlights things to consider when evaluating an opportunity with ESMS and before becoming a member of the ESMS Intern Family.

ESMS Hours of Operation?

Typically, Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9am–2pm.  There are some exceptions to hours based upon your class schedule.  ESMS hours may vary based upon client work load and events, illness and vacation schedule.  It may not always be a 15 hour work week.



We are minutes from the WCU football stadium; however, it is too dangerous to walk to and from ESMS.  Your own transportation is a must.


1099 Tax Form?  

For paid positions we ask for your social security number – we then complete the 1099 Tax Form and mail to you December/January.


Class Schedule?

It is important that you work out, in advance, your class schedule before accepting the position.


Communication with your Parents!

Before accepting any position and hopefully as you consider opportunities please always keep your parents/guardian informed of your plans.  It is important they know where you are and that you are safe at all times.  We encourage all our potential interns to share our website and social media links with their parents so they get to know what ESMS is all about.


Are you doing this for Credit Hours or Building your Resume?

ESMS is delighted if the intern wishes to do the internship for building the experience/resume and/ or doing the internship for credit hours; however, it is critical that you work all this out prior to accepting an offer from ESMS.  For credit hours you must get approval from your advisor and remember that you will have to pay WCU for the credit hours just as if you were sitting in a classroom.  We are experts in completing paperwork when doing the internship for credit hours.


ESMS Training Period.

All interns are required to participate in the training program “prior” to their actual start date.  Typically this consists of several days the month prior to your start date.  Schedules are all customized to the student availability.


Vacation & Time Off.

Discuss any pre-arranged trips at interview stage.  ESMS can be closed at various times for vacation, client projects/events or illness.


Evaluating other Internship opportunities as you consider ESMS?

If you are applying and considering other opportunities and are trying to wait for the absolute best offer – please do not accept an offer from ESMS.  Just as you assume when you accept our offer your position will be waiting for you, we too expect you to join us as agreed upon.


All the above mentioned areas probably seem like common sense but not everyone follows these standards.  We had a few instances where students have accepted the position (both paid and non-paid) and in a one line email sent the Friday afternoon before the Monday they were to begin, indicated that they would not be joining us.


As a small team, any open spot creates a challenge for our company.  When we begin a semester without one of our team spots filled we are immediately in a difficult position because:

  • We are now between semesters and students have already made their decisions for jobs and internships and are now unavailable.
  • We have already passed on several qualified students in selecting you for the open position and they have accepted another internship.


We wish you continued success – begin the conversation with Cynthia today!