Focus on Local: Social Spark


Need a little spark to light the fire that leads you to more social media success? We’re looking for small businesses and organizations to apply to the Focus on Local: Social Spark 2020 program.

One business or organization will be chosen to participate in this free program, where the Hello Social Co. team will, over the course of 10 weeks, create engaging social media content on your behalf + develop a social media strategy for your team that fosters long-term social media success. 


Wait, did you say free?

Yep, you read that right. This program costs nothing for the participating business. It’s a way for our agency to give back to the small business community, while supporting a cause that’s important to our team — social media education. 

This program is made possible through our desire to make our Hello Social Co. Internship Program extremely valuable to the interns that come through it. This isn’t the kind of company where interns are grabbing coffee for us, or doing the admin work that we don’t always love. We’re creating a hands-on experience for Hello Social Co. interns that allows them to gain real skills, learn what it’s like to work on a real team, and create a great portfolio of work that will help them excel in their future careers. 



So, why wouldn’t you just get your own social media intern?

Every college student knows how to use social media.  They know all of the latest trends, they’re the early adopters of social media networks, and they spend more time on their phones than maybe any other demographic. But knowing how to use social media in a way that effectively markets your business or organization is a skill that is developed over time, through experience. 

Your junior social media managers (interns) will be guided by the experts at Hello Social Co. throughout this project. While they’re learning the ins and outs of social media marketing, your business is benefitting from our team’s skills. 


What to Expect:

  • While our junior social media managers will be guided and directed by the Hello Social Co. team, there is a requirement for a representative from your business to work with them in a small but important capacity. This helps our interns hone their skills when it comes to working one-on-one with clients. 
  • You must be willing to dedicate some time to working with the team within the 10-week period. 
  • Participating businesses or organizations must be within a 60-minute drive of State College, Pennsylvania. 


2020 Social Spark dates:

Application deadline: June 5, 2020

Participant award date: June 10, 2020

Start date: June 22, 2020

End date: August 31, 2020


How we’ll choose an application:

All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and considered for this program. However, we can only choose one business per 10-week program. Ultimately, the Hello Social Co. team will determine which of these opportunities are a good fit for the specific interns that we’ve hired for this period. While some program dates might have interns well-suited to working with retail businesses, others might have interns that love sports or possess skills that lend themselves to a specific industry. At the end of the program, this opportunity should have helped these interns take a meaningful step in their future career. 

Applications can be reconsidered for future dates of Focus on Local: Social Spark.


Rewarding good work: 

While interns working on the Focus on Local: Social Spark initiative will be receiving credit through their schools for this opportunity, Hello Social Co. rewards excellent work with a performance-based stipend. If you were thrilled with the work they did during their 10-week program, participating businesses and organizations may consider a contribution toward that stipend. 

Apply to Participate