Careers in Copywriting


Looking for an entry level job or internship in copywriting? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Every summer when I was younger I would vacation for a week in Ocean City, Maryland. Inevitably, I’d eat too many crabs, win multiple rounds of mini-golf, and get sun-burned in ridiculous patterns. Another thing I remember were the planes that would fly over the beach each day marketing services and trying to capture the attention of all the sun-bathers and surfers. Copywriters are, in part, responsible for such signs, as they are the people charged with using words to get across a specific marketing message.

Copywriter Careers

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Copywriting Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Copywriter Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Copywriter
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Copywriter
  4. Best Locations for Copywriting
  5. Pro/Con: Being a Copywriter
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Copywriting
  7. Copywriting Resources
  8. Careers Related to Copywriting
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Copywriting

What a Copywriter Does

Copywriters help create marketing media which could be anything from direct mail, taglines, jingles, web page content, em-ail, television or radio commercial scripts to press releases, white papers, catalogs, billboards, and postcards. A copywriter has ultimate responsibility for the advertisement’s verbal or textual content. A copywriter tells a story, and crafts it in such a way that it resonates with the reader. The exciting news it that the Internet has expanded the range of copywriting opportunities available. For example there are now copywriting opportunities like writing web content, ads, e-mails, and even tweets or Facebook statuses.

A Typical Day for a Copywriter

On a typical day a copywriter works on a brief from a client. First the writer must learn what the client needs from the copy, for example who the audience is, and what benefits the client offers their customers. Then the writer researches the subject matter further and generally works with an art director within an ad agency to come up with a big idea concept. After that, the writer plans the structure and approach of the writing, and writes the piece. The client will review the work and let the copywriter know what needs fixing, until the piece is approved.

Salary and Career Progression in Copywriting

A copywriter makes between $26,000-$66,000 per year. And there’s plenty of room for advancement! As you continue to grow you can become a Senior Copywriter ($41,970 – $104,170), an Associate Director – Creative Services ($47,307 – $138,863) or Marketing Communications Manager ($38,762 – $97,886). There are also exceptional freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities for copywriters.

Best Locations for Copywriters

These hot spots have the highest salaries for copywriting:

Pro/Con: Working in Copywriting


What You Need to Know for a Career in Copywriting

Formal education is not required to be a copywriter (just ask Don Draper), but it typically helps a lot. You might consider attending a school like VCU’s Brandcenter or The Creative Circus to get a graduate degree in copywriting. But the most important thing is that a copywriter writes very well in many different styles, so do whatever it takes for you to develop those skills. Copywriters must also be able to cover a number of different subjects, like writing about anything from a toilet brush to the next Iron Man movie. And they need to have an eye for detail and an understanding of writing for different media and audiences.

Copywriting Resources

If copywriting still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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ShopHQ - ShopHQ, based in Eden Prairie, MN, creates “the ultimate interactive shopping experience by uniting live TV, online and mobile shopping opportunities with social media engagement."

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Capstrat - Capstrat is a Raleigh, NC based ad agency that increased headcount 23% over the past year and is doing work for UNC, Cotton Inc., and the EPA.

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Campbell Ewald - Campbell Ewald is a Warren, MI based ad agency that was founded in 1911 and continues to “create game-changing solutions that drive [their] clients’ business.”

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Platinum Innovation Group - Platinum Innovation Group is a Detroit, MI based company that is bringing new ideas to a number of industries that have been historically resistant to innovation.

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Rue La La - Rue La La is a Boston, MA based e-commerce company that offers flash sales on "the best in women’s and men’s fashion, home, travel, kids, and more.”

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90octane - 90octane is a Denver, CO based online marketing agency that does online advertising, email marketing, microsite and landing page development, SEO, and PPC.

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Sympoz - Sympoz is a Denver, CO based company that aims to create “an environment where you can watch, interact, and learn from renowned experts on your own schedule.”

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160over90 - 160over90 is a Philadelphia, PA based branding agency that has done work for Audi, the Miami Dolphins, Michigan State University, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike.

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SEER Interactive - SEER Interactive is a Philadelphia, PA based online marketing agency that specializes in SEO, SEM, Analytics, and Conversion Optimization.

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Edventure More - Edventure More is a San Francisco, CA based non-profit that “inspires the playful pursuit of enrichment for the next generation.”

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Rocket Lawyer - Rocket Lawyer is a San Francisco, CA based company that is “making legal work easier and more convenient for everyone.”

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AmeriMark - AmeriMark is a Middleburg Heights, OH company that "is a leading direct marketer of women's apparel, shoes, name-brand cosmetics, and lots more."

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