The Johnson Group Internship

The Johnson Group Internship

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About The Johnson Group

The Johnson Group is a family of companies that includes Johnson Development Associates, Inc., OTO Development and American Credit Acceptance. Founded by business leader George Dean Johnson, Jr., these companies have a shared history of success and unique cultural identity, which lends itself to rapid revenue growth and professional advancement opportunities for its team members. The companies are all headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and collectively have over 3,600 team members.

The success of The Johnson Group has been fueled by Johnson’s legacy. In the early 1990s, Johnson became the largest franchisee of Blockbuster Video Entertainment, Inc. With a portfolio of more than 200 stores, Johnson sold his franchise to the parent company and became the president of the domestic division of Blockbuster. When Viacom bought Blockbuster for $8.4 billion in 1994, Johnson and his business partner Wayne Huizenga saw an opportunity in the extended stay lodging business. Together, they took Extended Stay America Hotels (ESA) public on the New York Stock Exchange with a mere two hotels completed in their portfolio. This became the fastest-growing hospitality company in the history of lodging, and the portfolio included 475 hotels when Blackstone bought ESA for $3 billion in May 2004 and took it private. Today, Johnson’s son Geordy serves as CEO of Johnson Development Inc. and President of Johnson Management, which provides leadership to and sponsorship of the family of companies.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., OTO Development, and American Credit Acceptance are all born from the same entrepreneurial spirit used to build Blockbuster and Extended Stay America, and the leadership teams are committed to their continued growth. These companies’ team members provide the foundation for this momentum and future success. The Johnson Group views internships as one of the best ways to identify and develop talent for its current and future endeavors.
Each of these companies provides valuable internship opportunities to undergraduate students across the country. The attached document provides a list of opportunities available during the spring and summer of 2019.

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How to Apply and Next Steps


Applications are due on October 11 at 11:59 PM EST for East Coast opportunities and October 16 at 11:59 PM EST for West Coast Opportunities.


Please complete the online application for The Johnson Group Internship at All applications should be submitted through this link only.


Phone interviews will be held October 14 through October 31 and selected applicants will be invited for on-site interviews in Spartanburg, SC on November 7-8 and November 14-15 in El Segundo, CA. Offers for internships will be issued the following week.



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