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Summer Internship Program

Our internship program is designed to be meaningful and impactful. By providing truly hands-on experiences across a wide range of professional areas, we give our interns exceptional responsibility, along with the training needed to be successful. And by investing in the potential of our interns, we create a pipeline of talent for full-time roles within The Johnson Group’s family of companies.


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Important Dates

  1. Application Due Date

    October 7, 2022
  2. First Round Interviews

    Phone interviews to be scheduled throughout the month.

    Throughout the month of October 2022
  3. Second Round Interviews

    Finalists will be invited to our Spartanburg headquarters for on-site interviews.

    November 3-4, 2022
  4. Internship

    June 5 - August 18, 2023
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Real Work

As an intern you will get immediate responsibility and begin adding real value to the business from day one. Fulfillment is one of our Guiding Principles and is a goal for all team members – including our interns.

Exposure to Leadership

There are no silos here. As an intern you are welcomed into a collaborative, supportive environment full of people willing to help – including our executive leaders. The exposure you gain crosses departments, companies, and job titles.

Long-Term Opportunity

To recognize a good investment opportunity is to recognize potential, and through our internship program we do just that. The time we invest training and working with you is an investment in our future and yours. More than half our interns have been offered full-time positions.

Intern Contributions

Courtney Snow, OTO, 2022 Revenue Management Intern
“OTO is fully committed to creating a fulfilling experience for interns. I had the opportunity to work on projects that will be used within the leadership team, which made me feel like I really made a difference.”
Courtney Snow
OTO, 2022 Revenue Management Intern

Courtney used her data analytics and reporting skills to develop the hotel “Segmentation Mix of Sales” reports for OTO’s owned assets and management companies. This combined all of the hotel brands into one report, making it incredibly easy to see how the portfolio performed.  She also developed the “Channel Mix” report which rolled all of the different brands performance into one tool.

Jordan Pixley, OTO, 2022 Accounting Intern
“I chose to work at OTO due to the company culture and the opportunity to learn more about accounting processes when used for hospitality.”
Jordan Pixley
OTO, 2022 Accounting Intern

Jordan recorded and reconciled cash transactions daily and balanced the daily hotel revenues for a number of hotels.  Monthly, he performed account reconciliations as well as completed ad-hoc projects for hotels.

Jordan also interned for ACA’s Accounting team during Summer 2021.

Nate Besch, JDA/OTO, 2022 Development Intern
“In my experience with both JDA and OTO, I worked with highly motivated individuals who consistently prioritized the well-being of their employees. The work culture and guiding principles aren't just words on a page, they're real here.”
Nate Besch
JDA/OTO, 2022 Development Intern

Nate had the opportunity to work on JDA’s multifamily apartment project named Marea, in addition to OTO’s AC Marriott, both in the heart of Naples, Florida. During his internship, he learned what the development stage entailed as his responsibilities included updating the construction schedule, monitoring the project’s budget, and assisting in decision making.

Katie Kulas, OTO, 2022 Human Resources Intern
“I chose to intern with The Johnson Group because I was impressed by the high level of professionalism displayed throughout the interview process and beyond. The knowledge I have gained during my summer internship at OTO Development, and the wonderful relationships formed, are invaluable and something I am so thankful for and honored to be a part of!”
Katie Kulas
OTO, 2022 Human Resources Intern

Katie had the opportunity to work with OTO’s Human Resource team with a focus on recruitment and selection.  During her internship, she was able to visit several properties and help with the onboarding/acquisition of new properties.   Katie participated in prescreening applicants, enhanced our job postings and assisted with a compensation initiative.

Eva Dailey, JDA/OTO, 2020 Accounting Intern
“I’ve never seen such a unified group of hard-working, selfless, and talented individuals that care about one another so deeply, and it is has been a privilege to be a part of.”
Eva Dailey
JDA/OTO, 2020 Accounting Intern

Eva worked with both the JDA and OTO finance teams to learn all the aspects of development and hospitality accounting. She helped create interest and property tax trackers, updated monthly financials, and learned the different software used by OTO’s accounts payable, property tax, corporate, and AR accountants.

Cole Sanford, JDA, 2020 Self-Storage Development Intern
“I was able to go out and visit sites that were in vastly different stages of construction, which gave me a more holistic understanding of what all goes into a development project.”
Cole Sanford
JDA, 2020 Self-Storage Development Intern

Cole created a design standards packet for use by general contractors, subcontractors, and architects on future development projects. This packet will be used as a default for all moving forward.

Matt Lewandowski, ACA, 2020 Finance Intern
“I looked forward to coming into work every day, in large part because of the relationships I formed with my mentors, leaders, and fellow interns. Coming from out of state, I quickly felt welcome at ACA.”
Matt Lewandowski
ACA, 2020 Finance Intern

Matt worked with our FP&A, Capital Markets, and Finance Operations departments. Among other tasks, he conducted secondary market analysis, identified forecasting drivers, and created a daily status reporting dashboard on the company’s internal software platform.

Sarah Keim, OTO, 2020 Hotel Operations Intern
“I enjoyed the strong sense of community in our team at the AC Hotel. They welcomed me immediately and helped me learn about and contribute to the hospitality industry and our hotel for the duration of my internship.”
Sarah Keim
OTO, 2020 Hotel Operations Intern

Sarah gained exposure to all aspects of the hotel business, rotating through and reporting on each department at the AC Hotel Washington, D.C. In the wake of COVID-19, she participated in a “sales blitz” and helped identify and attract new clients to the hotel, including visits to construction sites to speak with contractors in need of hotels for their construction crews.

Nico Omeechevarria, JDA, 2020 Industrial Development Intern
“There is an eagerness to be kind and create bonds within the workplace, which makes this company so special, and it makes working long days feel less like a chore and more like an opportunity.”
Nico Omeechevarria
JDA, 2020 Industrial Development Intern

Nico made spreadsheet models that analyze construction costs to accurately project costs of essential scopes of work that will be present in almost every industrial building. He also joined our development manager on sites to see how his work in the office could impact work in the field.

Access and Experience

The Johnson Group’s companies are united in shared values and a commitment to our team members, our community, and our success. While each company offers its own internships, in joining us you gain access and experience both within and among companies.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc.
Internship opportunities in real estate, development/construction management, accounting, finance, and asset management.
OTO Development
Internship opportunities in real estate, development/construction management, accounting, finance, food and beverage, marketing, operations, interior design/procurement, payroll, and human resources.
American Credit Acceptance
Internship opportunities in IT, human resources, accounting, and finance.

City fun with a family feel

There’s a reason more than 1,000 of our team members choose to live in Spartanburg: The city offers great food, culture, and entertainment options in a vibrant downtown for young professionals, while boasting charming neighborhoods with a small-town feel for families.

Most internship positions will be in our Spartanburg, SC headquarters. We also have regional offices in Arlington, VA, Summit, NJ, El Segundo, CA, Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, and Tampa, FL.