The Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) has a new internship program designed to help launch the careers of college students and recent college graduates interested in travel, hospitality and film.

Applications for internships at MDT, along with program descriptions and FAQs, are available online at MDT may award up to two internships per semester, pending available funding and application by qualified candidates. These opportunities will be open for summer and fall semesters in 2013 and for the spring semester in 2014.

Although a formal program hasn’t been in place previously, MDT always has welcomed the opportunity to work with college students and recent college graduates. “Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism and our industry partners statewide have an incredible amount of knowledge and a variety of resources to help guide the next generation of tourism leaders,” says Katie Steele Danner, MDT’s director.

“In our experience, students and recent graduates bring a high level of enthusiasm to their work and often offer innovative ideas and new perspectives. Those ideas and perspectives can help shape campaigns that fulfill our mission of increasing visitation and visitor spending in Missouri,” she added.

This is the first formal internship program ever offered by MDT, which strives to promote economic development in Missouri by marketing the state as a top-of-mind tourism destination. As part of its economic-development mission, MDT currently manages the Missouri Film Office, which works to grow the film industry statewide and to bring film, TV and video productions to the Show-Me State.

MDT’s internship program is open to juniors, seniors and recent graduates of any four-year college or university in Missouri. It’s also open to juniors, seniors and recent graduates of any four-year college or university, regardless of its location, as long as the student’s permanent address is in Missouri.

Areas of focus include:

  • Marketing
  • Photography and Videography
  • Public Relations and Social Media
  • The Missouri Film Office

For a complete look at the program, please visit the internships page on

MDT plans to award its first internship in May 2013; applications for that position are due by April 16, 2013. Anyone with questions about the program should contact Lorinda Cruikshank, MDT’s internship coordinator, at573-751-1032 or via email at

About the Missouri Division of Tourism

The Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) is the official tourism office for the state of Missouri dedicated to marketing Missouri as a premier travel destination. Established in 1967, the Missouri Division of Tourism has worked hard to develop the tourism industry in Missouri to what it is today, an $11.2 billion industry supporting more than 279,000 jobs and generating $627 million in state taxes in Fiscal Year 2011. For more information on Missouri tourism, go to