Department of Communication and Journalism

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-4120



COM 4950, the internship class for communication and PR majors, now fulfills the capstone requirement for the B.A. in communication, and the B.A. in public relations and strategic communication.

Other reasons to complete an internship include:

  • Employers prefer students who have done at least one internship.
  • Interns fare better in a weak job market.
  • Interns get the opportunity to network and build relationships with people in their desired profession.
  • Interns can take their career for a test drive before they graduate.

Watch video testimonials from OU students who value their internship experience.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone personally about the internship course, please attend the mandatory pre-capstone meeting and/or contact Dr. Robert Sidelinger, internship director.

Prerequisites / Pre-Capstone Meetings

Students must have completed the following: COM 3000, or 3002, or 3003, or 3201 or 4201 at C or higher; 20 COM credits; and JRN 200, or WRT 3064, or WRT 3082. 

Students who are registered for COM 4950 (the internship class) are also required to attend one pre-capstone meeting to learn how to go about setting up an approved internship. Lastly, students are required to secure an internship (and submit the proper paperwork) on or before the first day of classes for the semester they are registered. Those who have not completed all of the above are not eligible to remain in the course.

If you intend to register for the class, the next tentative pre-capstone meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, 6/5/19 4:00-6:00 PM, location TBD, and Tuesday, 6/11/19 2:00-4:00 PM, location TBD.
  • Please be advised that these meetings are open to anyone. You need not be registered for the class to attend (but you must attend if you are registered for the class and you haven't attended a previous pre-internship meeting).

COM 4950 is a four-credit course, requiring at least 12 full weeks and 150 hours of pre-approved internship work over the course of a 15-week semester. The instructor of record makes the final determination for designation of weeks completed. Most organizations feel students cannot gain enough useful experiences or complete their job responsibilities adequately without this minimum time frame; in fact, many organizations require a longer commitment (from six months to one year), especially if it is a paid situation. The value of the internship experience increases proportionately to the time students commit; however, only four credit hours may be earned for each internship experience, no matter how long the job lasts.

While some employers may want students to work full time (40 hours/week), the department does not recommend this type of commitment unless it is a paid situation. It is important for students to have an explicit understanding with their employer of the time commitment they will be expected to fulfill before they accept a position.

Usually students start an internship at the beginning of a semester. However, they may start an internship at any time during the school year - pending approval from the internship director. If the work experience extends beyond the end of the term when they are registered for COM 4950, a progress (P) grade will be assigned - again this must be approved beforehand. This is a hold grade, which will be replaced with a number grade as soon as the student's final report/clips and evaluation are received.

How to set up an internship

Register for COM 4950, the internship class, for the semester that you would like to do an internship.  Attend the next available mandatory Pre-Internship Meeting. You can attend a pre-internship meeting well before you register for COM 4950.

Make an appointment with OU Career Services on Handshake to have a career consultant review your resume and cover letter, and learn about Handshake. Make the revisions your consultant recommends and upload it into Handshake.

Students are free to apply to pre-approved internships on the department website.
Once all your materials (resume, cover letter) have been uploaded to Handshake, you may begin emailing your resume and cover letter to employers from the pre-approved list. It is recommended that you follow the time frames listed below, but you should check the specific date of each employer in case it is earlier:

  • Fall Term: Early July
  • Winter Term: Mid October
  • Summer Terms:  February / March

Otherwise, off-list internships need to be approved by the internship director before students apply. You should submit your off list-form to Dr. Sidelinger via email (or the instructor of record), by fax at (248) 370-4208, or in person at the main office of the Department of Communication and Journalism, which is located at 316 Wilson Hall. Once that off-list request is approved, students are free to apply.
The employer will contact you directly to set up an interview. The interview should be handled in the same manner you would handle a job interview:  wear business attire, arrive 15 minutes early, bring a notepad and pen to take notes, and bring extra copies of your resume and cover letter.

Once an internship position has been offered and accepted, complete the experience form in Handshake. This form is due no later than the first day of the semester you are enrolled in the internship capstone class, by 4PM. Overall, keep the following in mind:

  • Anyone who has not submitted all their materials by the first day of class cannot remain in the course.
  • If you start your internship before the first day of classes, you must complete all the above requirements and notify the internship director BEFORE starting the internship. You cannot start logging your hours until everything is completed.
  • Attend class sessions as noted in SAIL. Follow the syllabus.
  • Once your internship is over, send a thank you letter to your supervisor to thank him/her for his/her time and effort.

Important Note

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all affairs are in order to secure credit for an internship. All internships must be pre-approved by the internship director before the student starts the internship (no retro-active approvals) and the student may not gain credit for an internship that the student has already started or completed without approval and/or oversight. The internship experience must be an entirely new experience for the student in a new setting. The student may not repackage his/her current situation, job, or volunteer experience into an internship experience or do an internship for his/her current employer. Since every job involves communication (even sanitation), the student is required to secure an internship that focuses on a college-level communication studies-specific knowledge base, such as public relations, advertising, political campaigning, radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, or the like, that will enable the student to secure a college-level, professional, communication studies-knowledge-based job in the future.

The internship director’s approval of an internship does not mean the student will receive credit for the internship. Reasons why credit may not be granted include, but are not limited to: failure to comply with the employer’s policies or OU’s policies (it is entirely the student’s responsibility to seek out all relevant information as it relates to policies of both OU and the employer), inappropriate behavior at the workplace, being fired from the job, and/or any dishonesty or unethical behavior related to the internship. Because the on-site internship supervisor assists in determining the student’s grade, the internship supervisor may not be a family member, close friend, or a person with whom the student has had or currently has a romantic relationship. Students may also be denied an internship if a family member or friend also works at the same site. Romantic relationships with employees at the internship workplace during the internship are discouraged.

If a student is deemed to have engaged in academic misconduct, the incident will be reported to the dean of students, the student will fail the class, and/or the student will receive disciplinary reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion. See the syllabus for other important information. Cases of internship fraud or any instances of dishonesty related to the internship will be pursued to the fullest extent possible as allowed under the Academic Conduct Policy and any other relevant policies.

Unless otherwise stated, the following internships are unpaid and offered only for course credit. Before applying for any internship, see the internship information tab for prerequisites and steps for setting up an internship. This class has mandatory in-person class meetings three times a semester. Students also are required to attend a mandatory pre-internship meeting. Internships that you want to apply to that are not on this list must be approved BEFORE you apply to them. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sidelinger.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Special Events Intern

The Special Events Intern will support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) staff with events, community outreach support and administrative tasks as needed.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. The Events and Outreach Coordinator Intern will assist with all facets of event fundraising, planning and implementation as well as assisting with community outreach and administrative tasks. Interns will become familiar with JDRF programs while gaining valuable, tangible, hands on experience. Programs include the JDRF One Walk, Promise Ball Gala, TypeOneNation educational summit for caregivers and individuals with T1D, and family fun community events.

JDRF Metro Detroit & SE Michigan Chapter 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 125 Southfield, MI 48075

Unpaid Internship

Time Commitment:
Required commitment of at least 12 weeks, completing a minimum of 150 on-site hours of meaningful work. Interns must work for a minimum of 7 hours per week with a maximum 20 hours per week. Some late evenings and weekends will be required.

Site Supervisors:
JDRF Development Director, Signature Events – Jessie Jimenez-Schlicht
JDRF Development Director, Peer to Peer – Tami Duquette

Assist in preparing marketing and media materials
Coordinating social media postings
Assist with event and volunteer recruitment and stewardship
Assist in marketing and promoting events and programs
Assist with event logistics
Other duties as assigned

Dependable transportation
Able to lift 30lbs
Computer proficiency required (Microsoft Word and Excel are mandatory)
Able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)

Must be enrolled in college or university or a college graduate
Possess strong communication, organization, time management, and active listening skills
Able to follow instructions and work independently as well as collaboratively Possess a high level of attention to detail and ability to meet strict deadlines

To Apply: E-mail cover letter and resume to Jen Dafoe at, with the subject line, “Application for Internship”

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer: Marketing and Communication Intern

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is seeking an intern for its Marketing and Communications Department. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a nonprofit healthcare environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, creating written and multimedia web content, social media posts, writing video scripts, participating in video/photo shoots, updating website content, assisting with web and/or social media analytics, editing brochures, flyers and other marketing materials. The Marketing and Communications Intern will assist with the overall function of the department, including organizing tasks, tracking marketing supplies and setting up meetings.

Must be a college junior, senior or graduate student studying journalism, communication, public relations, marketing, or related field.
Must be able to receive college credit – internship is unpaid
Should be available to work between 15-25 hours per week, during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday)
Strong oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of AP Style
Must be responsible, detail-oriented, professional and organized
Must be able to work on a deadline
Must be able to attend Karmanos New Employee Orientation (offered once monthly). Also must agree to get flu vaccination or provide documentation of one.

Please submit a resume, 2-5 writing samples and a cover letter to

Beaumont Health: Communication Intern
Beaumont is seeking interns in communication with strong writing skills. You can expect to write press releases, newsletter articles, accompany the media on shoots at the hospital, research, help with special events and more. We look for interns in all three semesters. Applicants should have proven writing skills, a professional demeanor and a willingness to learn. Needed are strong skills in MS Office, Internet research and social media. If you want a great experience, this is the place for you. Location: Beaumont Service Center 26901 Beaumont Blvd, Southfield, MI 48033. Please send your resume and two writing samples to Robert Ortlieb,

Special Olympics: Sports Events Intern
This internship will assist Special Olympics Michigan’s southeast program coordinator of sports and training with the daily operation of SOMI’s southeast region. This unpaid internship will take place at the regional office in Troy and at off-site SOMI events. The intern will assist with planning and coordination of region events; assist in recruiting, training and managing volunteers for events; assist in coordinating setup and tear down of events; help with event registration; help coordinate and operate the Young Athletes Program; help in coordinating SO College; help develop outreach plans to increase participation; and maintain office hours. The intern must have strong writing and communication skills; be proficient in Office Suite; be able to work with a team and independently; and have transportation. Among the attributes desired are a positive attitude, excellent attendance, patience, leadership, creativity and initiative. Send your resume and cover letter to Rick Brady,

OU Center for Autism: PR/Social Media Intern
Want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities while learning valuable communication and writing skills? Oakland University’s Center for Autism — OUCARES — seeks caring and enthusiastic student interns who are studying communications or a related field. OUCARES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). We offer individuals with autism ages 3 through adulthood various recreational, social, life skills, and employment programs. OUCARES seeks student interns who know how to write, interview, and are interested in managing social media content. Internship duties include: working individually and in groups with people with ASD, researching, drafting interview scripts and press releases, assisting with photo shoots and special events, developing PR-related materials, and helping develop our social media presence. The internship is unpaid and there is flexibility when the intern works during normal business hours (Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm). We are looking for interns throughout the year. Contact Kristin Rohrbeck at for more information or to submit your resume, cover letter, and writing samples (in pdf form). Please include “OUCARES Communications Internship” in the subject line.

Judson Center: Special Events/Communication Intern
Judson Center, 4410 W 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073, seeks talented fund development/special event/communications interns who are interested in joining a professional Fund Development Team at Judson Center (consisting of Communications, Volunteer Management, Special Events and Fundraising). As the Development Intern you will build an impressive portfolio of work, experience and contacts both inside the organization and with business and community leaders. You are a part of the team and responsible for major projects of significant scope and responsibility. As an intern, you will get to work with a variety of our staff, while working on real projects that will help us grow. You will work with and support the Development Department team including the Agency Communications and Outreach Manager, Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager, Personal Philanthropy Manager, Donor Relations Specialist and VP of Development. You will assist with planning and executing special events including but not limited to Fore the Kids of Judson Center Corporate Golf Challenge, A Night to Embrace Our Children and Families Gala, NAIAS Charity Preview and numerous third-party events. You will be an integral part of helping to manage the Gala and Golf sub-committees, manage and enhance the live and silent auctions for each signature event with an in-kind program of $80,000 in donated value. You will also work directly with vendors on third party fundraising events that benefit Judson Center. In the field of communications, you will work with the communications manager on marketing campaigns and social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Judson Center's website, helping to develop the brand awareness of Judson Center within our community. You will have the opportunity to also assist with volunteer management and volunteer programs, coordinating volunteer projects and follow up recognition. Our ideal candidate is someone who is organized, dependable, driven, independent, and has an interest in fundraising, event management and/or communications. Computer literacy including Microsoft Office is important, as well as having strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with the ability to work with a variety of people and different personalities. You are expected to work 15-20 hours and this position can be for credit. Depending on the specific interests of applicants, this could be up to three internship positions. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Peggy Kerr at

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce: Communication Intern
The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce seeks a communications educational specialist to provide control of the communications network. This internship includes a stipend. The intern will design art and copy layouts for events and provide target marketing to specific membership needs. Among other responsibilities, an intern can expect to create, design and update all communication related to event and sponsorship development, such as website advertising, event promotional materials, event advertising, social media and weekly e-blasts; communicate membership value with targeted educational content; determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy within the guidelines of the sponsorship brochure; cover events and promote through social media; and assist on all large events as needed for setup and teardown. An intern must have excellent computer skills and be highly proficient in all Microsoft Office programs; have strong communication skills, both verbal and written; show an ability to work independently and as a team; have a high degree of accuracy and efficiency; show proven experience in delivering high-quality customer service; and have a knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Publisher and Photoshop. Interested students should submit a resume and work samples to Marie Clifford at

Birmingham Museum: Programs/Education Intern
The Birmingham Historical Museum is operated by the City of Birmingham, with two historic houses and a four-acre park near downtown Birmingham. The 1928 Allen House has changing exhibits and the 1822 Hunter House is interpreted as a pioneer homestead. The purpose of this unpaid internship is to offer opportunities for the intern to apply knowledge gained in coursework studies and gain hands-on experience in a professional museum environment. Under the supervision of museum staff, the museum intern will interact with the public and with museum objects in areas such as program development, planning and leading tours, and exhibit-related activities. A role in collections care, research and administrative support is also a part of the intern’s experience. The nature of a community museum environment is varied and well suited to individuals who 1) enjoy working with the public, 2) communicate well in written and verbal forms, 3) are interested in the type of activities that require attention to detail and documentation, and 4) are able to work well in a team as well as individually. Previous volunteer experience in a museum is helpful, but not essential. Interested applicants should be prepared for a quick moving pace with lots of variety. The museum internship offers 10 to 20 hours per week, and is arranged to accommodate museum and individual schedules. Internships generally follow academic semesters, but can be arranged otherwise. Applicants should be junior level or later, have good communication skills, and experience with Microsoft Office and other common software applications. Please send your resume and cover letter (in PDF format) to Museum Director Leslie Pielack,

Volunteers of America Michigan: Community Engagement Intern
The Volunteers of America Michigan, a nonprofit social service agency in Statewide Administration Office, 21415 Civic Center Dr, Ste 306, Southfield, Michigan, has an opportunity for an intern to obtain a diverse and valuable amount of experience assisting the Community Engagement staff with promotion of events scheduled for this fall. Events include but are not limited to a grand opening of a new senior housing, celebrity chef chop challenge at a homeless shelter, veterans day honoring, adopt-a-family holiday assistance program and a large holiday gala. We seek a dynamic intern who is interested in developing skills in event planning, promotion, communication and fundraising. Our casual but professional setting is both comfortable and friendly. The qualifications we ask from our intern is literacy in Microsoft Office software, strong attention to detail and social media savvy. Photography experience is a plus. The position would be appropriate for communications, marketing, nonprofit management and public relations majors. It is unpaid but offers a flexible schedule for 15-20 hours/week. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to

Ziebart International Corp.: Marketing/Advertising Intern
Seeks journalism and public relations students to intern in the field of marketing and advertising. Students will have many responsibilities, including developing competitive reviews, working on ad projects, revising websites and assisting with social media plans. Students must have knowledge of Microsoft Office and be either a junior or senior. Ziebart utilizes interns during all semesters. Applicants can submit resumes up to one week prior to the beginning of each semester, but much earlier is recommended. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Lisa Curl at

Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce: Graphic Design Intern
Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer a Graphic Design and Website Internship during all semesters. Dates and hours are flexible, with opportunities ranging from 5 - 40 hours per week for 3– 6 months. Interns will assist in marketing and event day-to-day activities, and acquire real-world experience. Requirements include: well-developed organization skills with a solid orientation to detail, a self-starter with a strong desire to learn, effective project management skills, strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, knowledge of Adobe creative suite products or other graphic design, academic or hands-on experience with ad campaign planning and marketing. Preferred but not required: knowledge of php, html or other web coding languages, knowledge of Wordpress, and access to a laptop. For more information and a full description: To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Spence,, and Mia Scott,

Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce: Marketing/Events Intern
Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer a Marketing and Events Assistant Internship during all semesters. Dates and hours are flexible, with opportunities ranging from 5 - 40 hours per week for 3– 6 months. Interns will assist in marketing and event day-to-day activities, and acquire real-world experience. Requirements include: well-developed organization skills with a solid orientation to detail, a self-starter with a strong desire to learn, effective project management skills, strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, knowledge of Adobe creative suite products or other graphic design, academic or hands-on experience with ad campaign planning and marketing. Preferred but not required: knowledge of php, html or other web coding languages, knowledge of Wordpress, and access to a laptop. For more information and a full description: To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Spence,, and Mia Scott,

Leader Dogs for the Blind: Philanthropy Intern
Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit 501c (3) organization based in Rochester Hills, seeks a philanthropy intern. Our mission is empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and daily travel. This unpaid intern will report to the special events manager and work on third-party events, corporate relations projects and additional philanthropic activities. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with: Lead in the Holidays, Leader Dog’s premier gala fundraiser; personal online fundraising pages; and developing new event ideas and fundraising strategies. Requirements also include attendance and involvement in internal meetings and meetings with outside consultants, and some administrative duties such as meeting coordination and inventory tracking. The selected candidate will need to successfully complete a background check and drug screen. Interested candidates will need to submit their pdf resume to the HR department at

The Alzheimer's Association: Events Intern
Greater Michigan Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100 Southfield, MI 48033, seeks talented special event interns who crave learning new skills and aren't afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will get to work with a variety of our staff, while working on real projects that will help us grow. Our ideal candidate is someone who is organized, dependable, driven, independent, and has an interest in fundraising and event management. We value our interns and want to ensure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. You will become knowledgeable in fundraising and event management with overarching outreach goals in a professional setting. You will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with department leaders and other professionals in the nonprofit and fundraising fields. What We Require: College student pursuing a degree in marketing, communication, non-profit management or other related disciplines; Strong communication skills; Proficient in Microsoft Office; Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments; Creative and flexible; and Interest in nonprofit management and fundraising. You are expected to work 15-20 hours a week and this position can be for credit. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Maureen O'Reilly at .

The Bottomless Toy Chest: PR/Social Media Intern
The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization devoted to delivering toys, crafts and hands-on activities to pediatric cancer patients in Michigan hospitals. We are seeking interns for Fall 2016. Responsibilities will include: Social Media/Public Relations - coordinate media campaigns to publicize our program and keep our on-line presence up-to-date; Assist with planning our 4th annual Bottomless Bowl event; Coordinate holiday toy drives and wrap parties; Assist with our annual ‘Tons of Toys’ Holiday deliveries; Assist with organizing our warehouse. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Ashley Leslie at

Stratacomm: PR/Communications Intern
Stratacomm (, a full-service strategic communications firm is searching for strong candidates for a full-time, paid internship ($10 an hour) at its office in the Detroit metro area. This opportunity is for a passionate PR/communications student looking to broaden their traditional and digital expertise while contributing to a dynamic team. Candidates should be studying public relations, journalism or a communications-related field. Candidates should also have solid writing skills with a running knowledge of AP Style. Additionally, they should also have extensive research experience, as well as experience using various forms of digital media in order to assist account staff with daily activities. Candidates should be energetic, self-starters and resourceful problem solvers that enjoy fast-paced work and are dedicated to delivering results. Applicants should be undergraduate students with 56 credits or more, graduate students or recent graduates. Job responsibilities may include: Write client materials (e.g. press releases, advisories, articles); Conduct research and prepare daily news summaries; Build media lists and pitch media; Participate in account group brainstorms, strategy and creative sessions, contributing digital / interactive / new media ideas; Execute social media/networking campaigns and blogger outreach; Coordinate event logistics; and Stay abreast of the latest and upcoming trends in digital communications. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and cover letter in PDF format to Ashleigh Artist,, and Marcella Dudek, No phone calls, please.

The Professional Law Enforcement Association: Marketing Intern
The Professional Law Enforcement Association The Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) is seeking interns in the Metro-Detroit (Troy) area. The intern will assist the Marketing Director with certain tasks including: Marketing mailings, social media, grant research, and Sponsorship/Donations research. The intern will also have the opportunity to assist our Media Marketing Coordinator with our Quarterly Newsletter, which is sent out to all of our members nationwide. The majors that would best fit this internship include: Marketing, Communication, Public Relations or Non-Profit Management, but we are open to others who may be interested in non-profit or service industries. This internship is unpaid, however, there are opportunities for employment after completion of internship based on job performance and job availability. We are proudly one of the oldest Law Enforcement Associations that provide Legal Defense Services in the country. PLEA has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, with several new programs and services offered to our members and their families. In 2014, PLEA started a 501 (c) (3) Foundation to help aid our PLEA Law Enforcement group members with training costs and equipment needed to carry out their job duties (Bullet proof vests for police and K9 divisions, gym equipment, etc.). Junior or senior student status with a minimum GPA of 2.5 required. Please submit your resume and cover letter as PDF documents via e-mail to Ashley Ouellette,

The Cumulus Media Detroit Promotions Department: Promotions Intern
The Cumulus Media Detroit Promotions Department in Detroit MI (radio stations- 96.3 WDVD, NASH FM 93.1 and News/Talk 760 WJR), is seeking outgoing, dedicated students who are looking to gain valuable “hands on” experience in the field of public relations, marketing and radio broadcasting. The Promotions Department produces, promotes and executes concerts, live broadcasts, movie screenings and other station-related events as well as client-based promotional appearances. Interns assist at these events and are also assigned day-to-day office duties to learn how a radio station operates “behind the scenes”. This internship is unpaid, and college credit must be earned. Students enrolled in a degree program in communications, marketing/public relations or business related field preferred. Ideally, each intern should be available 15-20 hours per week. There is some flexibility based on the student’s schedule and the number of hours required by the school to receive credit. Please e-mail cover letter and resume in PDF format to Ron Smerigan,

Village of Rochester Hills: PR/Marketing Intern
The Village of Rochester Hills seeks a winter semester intern. The intern will experience hands-on learning in the areas of administration, city involvement, event organizing, marketing and communication, writing/blogging, and research. They are seeking highly motivated, self-starting, eager-to-learn students who have excellent oral and written communication skills. E-mail your resume and cover letter in PDF format immediately to Shelleen McHale, marketing director, at with Winter Internship in the subject line.

OpTech: Marketing/Communications Intern
OpTech, in Troy, MI, seeks Marketing Communications Internship. OpTech is an award-winning Professional Services firm providing Information Technology and Engineering services and top talent to Fortune 500 and Government clients coast to coast. For our employees, OpTech offers outstanding career opportunities in today’s hottest technologies and supports the most innovative companies. OpTech seeking a ‘storyteller’! We have an immediate opening for a Marketing Communications intern. The intern will collaborate with the Director of Communications on growing OpTech’s brand and supporting the company’s Sales initiatives. Fun projects include website content, marketing collateral, social media updates, reputation management, client research, e-newsletters, awards applications, events coordination, and database updates. The internship focus will be tied with the student’s academic concentration to ensure the most benefit for the student. Areas can include: Marketing, Communication, and Creative Design. Qualifications: must have own vehicle; a self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision; strong oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; strong attention to detail; strong computer skills required (Adobe, PowerPoint, and Publisher); graphic design experience a plus; technical writing a plus; previous marketing courses, including research. Work schedule is a minimum 15 hours / week. This is a non-paid internship. Send resume, cover letter and two writing samples in PDF format to Deniella Ortiz-Lalain, Marketing Development Lead, at

89X Radio: Promotions Intern
89X Radio Internship Program – Interning for Bell Media Radio gives interns a real-life look into how a major market radio station operates. You will have the opportunity to make industry contacts, get experience to help build your resume, and even get college credit for your internship. This internship will take place within the promotions department of Bell Media Radio. The intern will assist the promotions director and assistants on-site at station appearances, broadcasts, and major events. The main focus will be with 89X, however, events may arise where you will be needed at one of the sister stations. This internship is intended for students interested in working in the following fields: broadcasting, public relations, journalism or marketing. As an intern, you will be expected to maintain Bell Media Radio's positive image and reputation when involved in any situation that involves listeners, the general public, and station clients. Responsibilities include assisting with the setup and breakdown of station equipment; interacting with listeners and the general public; loading/unloading vehicles; passing out station/client-related materials; help running contests or station promotions on-site; and miscellaneous tasks (e.g., filing, press releases, calling winners, etc.). Please send your resume and cover letter to Jamie at or mail to 30100 Telegraph, Ste. 460, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

The American Lung Association: PR/Communications Intern
The American Lung Association (ALA) is seeking interns in the metro-Detroit (Madison Heights) area. The ALA is looking for energetic interns who can work a flexible schedule (approximately 6-15 hours a week), and who enjoy making a difference. The ALA is willing to work with any level college student. Majors which would best fit the internship include: Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or Non-Profit Management, but we are open to others who may be interested in non-profit or service industries. The internship is not paid, however, there are many opportunities to receive excellent practical experience, portfolio samples, and letters of recommendation. America’s oldest voluntary health charity, the ALA was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis, the most dreaded disease of the time. By 1954, tuberculosis was largely controlled in the U.S. Over the years since then we have expanded our fight targeting other threats to lung health. The ALA was among the first to tackle smoking as the nation’s greatest preventable health risk and to make the connection between air pollution and lung disease. Our landmark victories include The Clean Air Act, banning smoking on airplanes and many state- wide smoke free laws. Junior or senior status with a minimum GPA of 2.5 required. Please submit your resume and cover letter as PDF documents via e-mail to the attention of Rachel Predebon Volunteer Coordinator at

The Suburban Collection Showplace: PR/Marketing Intern
The Suburban Collection Showplace is seeking an intern for its Public Relations and Marketing department. The intern will support the Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, and will assist with implementing public relations, social media and marketing efforts. This internship will give students professional hands-on experience in the field of public relations and marketing, and will provide a unique insight into the daily operations of a thriving Exposition, Convention and Conference Center. The Suburban Collection Showplace is a state-of-the-art Exposition, Convention and Conference Center located in Novi, Michigan, and has been host to a variety of events such as public expositions, trade shows, association and corporate conferences and prestigious social events. For more information, visit Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and writing samples (press releases or pieces related to PR or Marketing projects) to McKenzie Bowman at or Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan 48374, Attn: Public Relations and Marketing Department. The Suburban Collection Showplace is a state-of-the-art exposition, convention and conference center located in Novi, MI., and hosts a variety of events such as public expositions, trade shows, association and corporate conferences and prestigious social events.

Detroit Zoological Society: PR Intern
Detroit Zoological Society seeks PR interns. The DZS is seeking college student interns for the summer who are in their junior or senior year and studying Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related fields. Interns will be responsible for researching and drafting press releases, talking points, newsletter profiles, web content, Facebook status updates and other PR-related copy; proofing and editing copy; scheduling and coordinating media interviews; escorting media through the Zoo during video/photo shoots; assisting with commercial and motion picture film shoots and special events; updating website and mobile app content; and performing other PR-related assignments. Interns will work closely with the Communications Director and other interns while learning valuable skills needed in the Public Relations workforce. Excellent writing and public speaking skills are a plus. This is a non-paid internship, and it is mandatory that students receive course credit. The Detroit Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse screening. Please apply here: and send resume and cover letter to: Patricia Janeway, Communications Director at with a cc. to Please put “PR Internship” in the subject line.

Green Light Go Music Publicity: Publicity Intern
Green Light Go Music Publicity seeks two Music Publicity interns. Located in Ferndale, the Green Light Go ( publicity staff is more than just passionate about music; they're obsessed! Sound like fun? It is! Green Light Go likes to think outside the box, so while they are constantly thinking of new ideas to promote their artists, they invite interns to do the same. You'll learn how to effectively run a music publicity campaign through specific goals and tailored strategies all the while being creative in the process. Green Light Go is a business, but they think of their staff and clients as family; a family who will "adopt" the right intern into their exciting, yet organized world of marketing music. What you'll do: research media opportunities at blogs, radio and print media; brainstorm and write blog posts; write press releases; update artist media pages; update media contacts; utilize social networks to promote the artists; and create weekly newsletters. To apply, send resume, writing samples, and five bands you're currently listening to Janelle Rogers at

OLHSA, Community Action Agency: Communication Intern
OLHSA, a Community Action Agency ( seeks a communication intern in Pontiac, MI. The intern will: develop, implement and/or coordinate aspects of internal and external public relations and marketing activities as assigned; assist in maintaining agency’s social media presence; assist in the planning and implementation of designated and special events; and carry out all other duties as directed by your supervisor. In addition the intern will: design and send out monthly internal newsletter; create Facebook and Twitter posts; prepare event box for staff attending community events; Assist with media relations as needed; and create agency flyers as needed. Qualified applicants must be working toward a B.S. or B.A. in communications, public relations or a related field, have a minimum of 12 credit hours of classroom experience in public relations, journalism and/or communication, a working knowledge of computer applications especially using Windows environment for word processing and Adobe Creative Suite. Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Linda Vanderwaal, Associate Director for Program Development, at Please put Internship in the e-mail heading.

Lambert: Media/PR Intern

Lambert seeks a public relations intern in its Detroit office. This person would help serve many of our local, regional and national accounts. This internship offers flexible hours, and is a paid position ($11 an hour). Requirements include: major in public relations, journalism, communications or related field; at least junior standing; relevant work/educational experience; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Intern Responsibilities: 

  • media monitoring and analysis 
  • media and marketing material production
  • plan and execute a variety of events
  • create press releases, media advisories, etc. 
  • market research

Interns have an opportunity to work closely with PR staff at all levels (President, Managing Director, Senior Associate, Associate), multitask on different accounts, gain working knowledge of basic public relations functions and tools, and field experience. Please submit resume and cover letter to Corey Hendges at .

The Professional Law Enforcement Association: Marketing Intern
The Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) is seeking interns in the Metro-Detroit (Troy) area. The intern will assist the Marketing Director with certain tasks including: Marketing mailings, social media, grant research, and Sponsorship/Donations research. The intern will also have the opportunity to assist our Media Marketing Coordinator with our Quarterly Newsletter, which is sent out to all of our members nationwide. The majors that would best fit this internship include: Marketing, Communication, Public Relations or Non-Profit Management, but we are open to others who may be interested in non-profit or service industries. This internship is unpaid, however, there are opportunities for employment after completion of internship based on job performance and job availability. We are proudly one of the oldest Law Enforcement Associations that provide Legal Defense Services in the country. PLEA has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, with several new programs and services offered to our members and their families. In 2014, PLEA started a 501 (c) (3) Foundation to help aid our PLEA Law Enforcement group members with training costs and equipment needed to carry out their job duties (Bullet proof vests for police and K9 divisions, gym equipment, etc.). Junior or senior student status with a minimum GPA of 2.5 required. Please submit your resume and cover letter as PDF documents via e-mail to: Ashley Ouellette, Marketing Director, at

The Charter Township of Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office: Community Relations Intern
The Charter Township of Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office seeks a community relations intern (paid, $9.66 an hour) for Fall 2019. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, demonstrate an ability adjust to fast-paced changes in schedule and project demands while understanding the importance of customer service and that community relations starts with addressing the needs of individuals within the community. Responsibilities include: Assist with monitoring all forms of local and regional media; Search for press clippings; Assist with writing press releases and other materials; Answer phone calls; Assist with mailings, print production; Create interview preparation materials; Create or update databases; and Greet guests and residents. Requirements are: strong communication and writing skills, an understanding of corporate social media use and strategy, and proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications. Desired schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, with some flexibility. Applications may be obtained at and can be submitted via email at, or can be mailed to Shelby Township’s Human Resource Department, 52700 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, MI 48316, or dropped off in person.

Cornerstone Schools Association: Marketing/Events Intern
Cornerstone Schools Association, a nonprofit organization, seeks a marketing and events intern. The marketing and events intern will support the director of marketing, PR and events in the development and execution of various marketing initiatives designed to generate awareness, support and enrollment in the Cornerstone Schools Association and Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit. As an intern at the Cornerstone Schools, you will be part of an award-winning team that has received awards and recognition for creative excellence. You will be an integral team member and will work with key stakeholders and creative suppliers on a daily basis. The responsibilities of the intern position include: coordinate development of web pages and revisions with web provider; develop copy for the web, print ads, fliers, e-newsletter and corporate communications; coordinate design and distribution of direct mail and e-marketing campaigns; and assist in the execution of major fundraising events that include the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Pistons. The right candidate for this internship will possess the following qualifications: proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point; strong attention to detail; exceptional organizational and communications skills; strong writing skills; and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Through your efforts as an intern you will help support Cornerstone’s mission of helping to change Detroit one child at a time. Help make a difference in the life of a child in need by joining our team as a marketing and events intern. The intern position is an unpaid position that may be eligible for course credit. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Marx Layne & Company: PR Intern
Marx Layne & Company,, an established and respected Farmington Hills-based public relations, marketing and digital media agency, seeks two enthusiastic and motivated students to participate in the fall internship program. Students must be able to receive school credit and commit to 20-25 hours a week beginning after Labor Day through mid-December. While the program remains an unpaid position, our interns are introduced to a broad client base and get the opportunity to work on a variety of accounts and projects. Designed to provide an educational experience to all participants, our internship program introduces students to the possibility of a rewarding career in public relations. They will be able to build their portfolios with writing projects including press releases, media alerts, and other pitch material, as well as media coverage they’ve secured. Interns also learn how to successfully interact with the media and clients, and work in teams. Interested students should send resumes and cover letters to Natalie Stavale, Account Supervisor, at Please put Internship in the e-mail subject line.

Art Van Furniture: PR/Communications Intern
Art Van Furniture Corporate Campus seeks an intern for the PR/ Communications department. This department covers a wide variety of exciting projects. Events include Grand Opening VIP Parties, Celebrity Appearances, Ladies Nights Out, Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, Charity Events, Sponsorships, and Holiday Galas. Other activities include event and vendor research, maintaining and growing event inventory, and improving internal communications regarding upcoming projects. Interns must have experience or have taken college courses in the area of communications, public relations, marketing, advertising or events, be able to switch gears on a moment’s notice, handle multiple projects, be willing to assist when needed in other departments at corporate office, and be courteous, respectful and helpful to all members of the team. Internships run for approximately three to five months and are unpaid. If you think you are the candidate to work in a fast-paced, creative environment then send a cover letter and resume to Sharon Davis at  with ‘INTERNSHIP – PR/EVENTS’ in the subject line.

Orion Neighborhood Television: Production Intern
Orion Neighborhood Television seeks production and on-air talent interns. ONT is the public and government access television station serving the village of Lake Orion and Orion Township. ONTV covers many meetings and events in the Orion area, offers classes to community members, produces programs in studio and full production sports coverage, etc. ONTV is now accepting applications for internships. Opportunities exist in: News Gathering and Editing – On-air Hosting – Multi-Camera Directing – Sports- Production/Announcing -Episodic Program Production – Studio Camera Operation – Script Writing – Voice Over Recording -Graphic Design – Motion Graphics Production – General Office Duties, in addition to establishing specific, personal goals at the beginning of the internship. Experience in studio, video and post production is preferred, as well as the ability to work independently. Serious aspirations to pursue a career in broadcast media and progressing towards a degree in a related field are required. To Apply—fill out an Internship Application on our website at under ‘Jobs’ or stop in at 1349 Joslyn Rd. Lake Orion, MI 48360 for an application. For questions or to send completed application and required material in PDF format, please e-mail Ian Locke, executive director, at and

Community Housing Network: PR/Marketing Intern
Community Housing Network, The Troy-based nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing affordable housing and housing resources to people in need in Oakland and Macomb counties. It helps the homeless, those transitioning from homelessness and people with disabilities. It shows up on Crain's list of Cool Places to Work. The organization offers a public relations/marketing internship in fall, winter and summer semesters. The intern will support all members of the development team and will gain experience in fundraising, event planning, market research, press relations, marketing and communications. The intern will assist with social media; compose written materials such as press releases and newsletter articles; capture stories and testimonials from CHN program participants and supporters; and assist with other relevant projects. This position is unpaid. Start and end dates are flexible, but a 10-week commitment is preferable. Interns will work 10-15 hours per week. The successful intern will need good written, oral and organizational skills. The position requires a strong interest in nonprofit work and an ability to work independently. To apply, send a cover letter (including dates and hours of availability), resume, an official or unofficial academic transcript, and writing samples (three pages maximum) in PDF format to Marylynn G. Hewitt at Put Internship in the subject field. Candidates also could mail them to Marylynn G. Hewitt at 570 Kirts Blvd, Suite 231, Troy, MI., 48084.

Communities In Schools of Metropolitan Detroit: Communication Intern
Communities In Schools of Metropolitan Detroit, a local nonprofit and affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization in Detroit MI, is seeking a dynamic and talented individual to fill an exciting paid ($20.00 per hour) Journalism and Communication. The successful candidate will have: excellent writing skills with the ability to persuade; excellent verbal communication skills; excellent editing skills; excellent interviewing skills (adults and children); an interest in public education; an ability to work with diverse populations; an ability to work independently and within a group; reliable transportation (travel to schools in Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ecorse, MI); and familiarity with taking photos and editing photos. Suitable candidates must: pass a background check and drug screen; be able to work 16-20 hours per week; maintain confidentiality standards as outlined by CIS and partner schools; be comfortable working in schools with K-12 students (mostly interviews); attend weekly team meetings on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.; attend community meetings (some evenings); have proof of auto insurance; and be available on some Saturdays including June 1, 2014 for our Walk for Achievement event at the Detroit Zoo. Intern will work with CIS staff to complete the following projects: the CIS of Metropolitan Detroit e-newsletter; monthly updates of website content; writing CIS of Metropolitan Detroit stories that are compelling; update social media content several times a week; write and pitch press releases; and write brief weekly updates (constant contact distribution). Email a resume, cover letter, up to two published writing samples if available, along with your response to the essay request to Tiffany Sparks at The essay request: prepare a compelling article (500-1000 words max) for students who are considering dropping out of high school. Please site all supporting resources. Please include Journalism and Communication Internship in the subject line.

Troy Chamber of Commerce: Marketing/Communication Intern
The Marketing Department at the Troy Chamber of Commerce is seeking a multitalented, part-time Marketing & Communications Intern to join us during in our Troy, MI office.

Flex your creative muscles with this unique opportunity to gain one-on-one experience with the Marketing & Communications Specialist. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of communications, branding and marketing initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Editing, writing and developing communications, website content, social media content, press releases etc. 

  • Coordinating marketing efforts of the Troy Chamber staff 

  • Assisting in a wide range of communications, branding, media relations, and marketing initiatives Requirements:
  • Must be entering their junior or senior year of college and seeking school credit (this is an unpaid internship). 

  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Advertising or related field from an accredited university with a 0 GPA or higher 

  • Excellent written and oral communications, listening and proofreading skills (grammar, punctuation, etc.) 

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team 

  • Ability to effectively manage time, multi-task, pay close attention to details and meet deadlines 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel required, and understanding of Microsoft Publisher 

  • Experience with Wordpress (Knowledge of posting and editing content on Wordpress-powered websites) Recommended: Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator; Proficient in photography (specifically, knowledge of DSLR camera would be useful)
Please e-mail your resume and writing samples to Theresa Ervin at

Benzinga: Writer/Editorial Intern
Benzinga (1 Campus Martius, Detroit) seeks writer/editorial assistant. This financial media company seeks a driven and talented individual to join their team and earn college credit. Daily tasks will focus on article brainstorming, article creation, title formatting, and assisting the editorial team. An understanding of online content, particularly news, entertainment, and company related blogs. Experience with Wordpress CMS is highly recommended. Social media and content marketing skills are a major plus.  If interested, email with your resume and a few samples of your work. Show us your creativity and have fun with it! Please put Internship in email heading.

Choice Schools Associates: Marketing/Communications Intern
Choice Schools Associates,, is looking hire a paid Marketing & Communications intern in Southfield, MI to work with the marketing team in recruitment and retention efforts throughout the spring and summer. Duties include, but are not limited to: Organize grassroots events and coordinate with school leaders; Assist in planning and hosting recruitment events at schools; Make updates to websites and social media sites; Write or assist with monthly/weekly newsletter – print and/or electronic; Monitor Facebook posts, comments, messages, campaigns; Keep track of marketing materials, and order more when needed; Write press releases and letters to families; Meet with marketing committee in schools where this is in place; Ensure building sign messaging is updated regularly (where applicable); and Partner with area businesses and organizations; Update school blog weekly where applicable. Requirements: Senior standing; Able to prioritize and handle several projects at once; Outstanding interpersonal skills; Detail and deadline oriented; Superior organizational and communication skills; and Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook). E-mail cover letter and resume to Beth Spaman at

Eisbrenner Public Relations: PR Intern
Eisbrenner Public Relations ( seeks a paid PR account team intern in its Royal Oak, M ichigan, office . Interns support client activities through writing, research, media monitoring, event assistance, vendor coordination, idea generation and account administration. Candidates should be proactive, creative, enthusiastic, positive and willing to learn Familiarity of AP Style and strong basic writing skills are a must. Our interns are treated as team members and do a lot of the work that our account coordinators do, so at least one real-world, outside-the-classroom PR/marketing/communications/journalism internship is required. Our team works hard, but we have fun. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to Christine Olszewski,

Hour Media: Advertising/Sales Intern
Hour Media, the publisher of Hour Detroit, DBusiness, Detroit Home, Metro Detroit Wedding magazines and more, is proud to offer sales and advertising internships in all semesters. Ideal candidates will work a minimum of 20 hours per-week. Schedules are negotiable, but a three-month commitment is required. Interns must be enrolled in a university, however the intern does not have to be receiving credit to be eligible for the position. Interns will assist the advertising director and the publishing and sales coordinator in day-to-day departmental functions including prospecting potential clients, updating and managing Hour Media’s sales database, tracking sales and surveying results, working closely with account executives, assisting with events put on by Hour Media and much more. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Hour Media offers its interns substantial projects and significant opportunity for skill-development. We are looking for hard-working individuals who enjoy a fast-paced environment and are willing to take on new tasks. Professionalism and responsibility are a must. Send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Nina Mendiola at Or visit our website for other available internships: A full description of the internships is on the company's website at No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber: Communication Intern
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber seeks a Communication Intern. The BBC is a member-driven organization that builds relationships with local government, education and community entities to create a prosperous business climate for the six communities it serves - Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following communication functions: media relations (draft news releases, public service announcements and other media materials as well as monitor news coverage and prepare press clippings), publications/electronic information (assist with preparation of electronic newsletter and event update and prepare and print materials such as fliers and mailings), develop and manage chamber social media accounts and web profiles (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and assist with website changes, research (conduct research as needed to identify public relations opportunities or prepare competitive analysis), events and programs (complete tasks as assigned to help prepare for events and program, including promotion and publicity - i.e. posting online calendar listings, etc.). They are seeking interns who have completed college coursework in journalism, communications or similar subject matter. Interns will have journalism or writing experience and be familiar with the development of social networking site profiles and other mass-publishing interactive web applications. Media relations experience desired but not necessary. Internship hours are flexible and a stipend will be paid for work completed. College credit also is available. Communications interns report directly to the president. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to  Joe Bauman , President, via e-mail at and Kelly Bennett at No calls please.

Bianchi Public Relations: PR Intern
Bianchi PR, based in Troy, seeks an intern interested in a PR career for a PAID , for-credit internship. Candidates should be pursuing a degree in public relations, journalism, English or communications and have the ability to: communicate effectively; maintain high ethical standards; be accurate, honest and dependable; be open to listen and learn; ask lots of questions; and work hard when on the job. As an intern, you will learn about agency public relations and hopefully have some fun in the process. You could have the opportunity to: participate in staff meetings; fine-tune your writing, editing and proofreading skills; develop targeted media lists; learn about media relations; attend special events; and learn about PR agency service, responsiveness and client needs. If you are interested in applying for the position and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, please send your resume to Jaclyn Bussert at Visit our website: .

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority: Special Events Internship

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority is an arm of the Village of Lake Orion.  As a nationally accredited Main Street community, we use a comprehensive commercial district revitalization strategy that has been widely successful in towns nationwide. Funded through tax capture, the Lake Orion DDA is responsible for downtown development activities including public improvement projects, special events, marketing, volunteer recruitment, fundraising and the overall business health of the DDA District.  The Main Street Committee structure, our Board of Directors, volunteers & staff work to provide the best opportunities for ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. This internship provides a paid stipend for the semester.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Organization, implementation, and wrap up of seasonal Special Events in Downtown Lake Orion
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours as needed for special events
  • Assisting others to complete the responsibilities of the office

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain an inside understanding of DDAs and how they relate to the business community they serve
  • Opportunity to take initiative and develop leadership and collaborative skill-sets
  • Development of an expanded network of local business professionals
  • Learn effective photo composition, use of hashtags, and how to measure the success of a social media campaign
  • Learn effective process to communicate and engage both public and business partners in a special event

Candidate Requirements:

  • Self-starter & creative thinker with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative process
  • Follow-through and attention to detail
  • Interest in event planning, community and downtown development

Email Resume to: or mail resume to:  Lake Orion DDA, 118 North Broadway Street, Lake Orion MI 48362  

For more information contact: Molly LaLone, Executive Director at 248-693-9742

Blue Wheel Media: Digital Marketing/Editorial Intern
Blue Wheel Media is seeking digital marketing/editorial interns. BWM ( is a digital marketing agency based in Troy, MI., only a few miles from Oakland University's campus. It seeks interns who are dedicated to the craft of marketing via the Internet’s many channels- social, content, design and SEO. Interns are provided an exhaustive education on digital marketing and the daily tasks of an agency. Interns will learn valuable lessons in social bookmarking, community building, search optimization and content writing from a highly trained staff. BWM requires interns to work two days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unpaid), and also requires experience with Mac and a working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Docs. Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and blogging platforms (specifically WordPress) is crucial. Candidates should have a thirst for knowledge within the digital marketing space and a passion for creative expression. Knowledge of Adobe applications and Final Cut Pro is also a plus. If interested, please e-mail a brief cover and attach your resume and one writing sample to
The Kresge Arts in Detroit

Kresge Arts in Detroit: Events Intern

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP Fall/Winter Internship: The Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies is seeking an organized, creative and enthusiastic intern to join our team for an administrative internship. The internship program offers individuals a combination of learning experiences, customized special projects and real-life practice for those with an interest in nonprofit arts administration as well as evaluation, evolution and implementation of programs providing direct support to individual and collaborating artists. As part of a small team, this internship will have a unique opportunity to be directly involved in all aspects of the Kresge Arts in Detroit program.

DESCRIPTION: Provide general administrative support along with event planning and production. The position includes opportunities to engage with metro Detroit artists and to design and lead projects tailored to your interests. The position is facilitative and organizational, but also requires creative and critical approaches to support the goals of the program.

HOURS: 2 days per week for a total of 6-10 hours per week (days and hours flexible). This position will require occasional evening and/or weekend hours as needed to accommodate special events.

Please Note: Academic credit may be granted for internships pending approval from student’s college/university OR a limited number of paid internships are available


  • Assist with day-to-day operations within the Kresge Arts in Detroit office 

  • Conduct biographical and organizational research on artists, art venues, and arts organizations 

  • Maintain in-house database of completed research files 

  • Assist Program Coordinator in planning, preparation, and facilitation of Kresge Arts in Detroit events 

• Strong verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail and organization • Enthusiasm for metro Detroit’s arts and culture communities
• Ability to conduct thorough online research and clearly compile and deliver results • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team 
• Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office, web applications) 

Please email a cover letter and resume (writing samples encouraged, but not required) to: Kresge Arts in Detroit
Subject Line: “Administrative Internship, Last Name, First Name”

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce: Communication Intern
Since 1950, The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce has been committed to advancing the general welfare and prosperity of the business community in the Orion Area. The OACC provides leadership, advocacy, professional development and economic growth for businesses in and around the Orion area. The OACC is pleased to offer a Marketing and Communication internship position for all semesters. In 2019, we will be hosting 4 signature events plus more than 30 networking opportunities for our Members throughout the year. We also produce monthly printed pieces in local publications and for a magazine in collaboration with Orion Township, the Village of Lake Orion and many other community organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of marketing and communication initiatives while networking with hundreds of business owners, non-profit managers and community leaders.

Primary responsibilities associated with this internship include:
-Writing, editing and developing website and social media content.
-Media relations including writing press releases, public service announcements and other media materials. Monitoring news coverage and updating media contacts.
-Assist with planning and preparing for events and programs including promotion and publicity, set up and tear down.

The OACC is seeking interns who are entering their junior or senior year of college, and are pursuing a degree in Communication, Journalism or Public Relations. Applicants must demonstrate highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills and provide proof of professional writing skills. They must be able to work both collaboratively with staff and volunteers as well as independently. Hours are flexible but applicants must be able to accommodate early-morning and evening hours on occasion.

Please email a resume, cover letter, two writing samples and contact information for three references to Kimberly Urbanowski at No phone calls please.

Troy Community Coalition: Communications Intern
Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug & Alcohol Abuse seeks an intern immediately. Our Mission: The Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in Troy by promoting a lifestyle free from the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs and its impact on behavioral health. Description of duties and responsibilities: involved in event planning and fundraising; creates monthly e-newsletter, writes press releases and newspaper articles; involved with marketing organization and events; oversees the planning and execution of prevention projects and some events; coordinates and presents prevention and educational programs to elementary students; supports all Coalition projects and operations; works collaboratively with Coalition Staff on all aspects related to the organization; ability to carry out assignments with minimal supervision; some flexibility with work schedule; 32 to 40 hours of work per month with some evening hours. Skills and knowledge required: ability to work well with the public; must be a self-starter, dependable, flexible, resourceful and well organized; proficient in Microsoft Office and social media; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; enjoy working with youth. Personal qualities: must have a commitment to prevent drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse; must have high quality work ethics and standards. Email or mail resume and cover letter to: or Nancy Morrison, MA, LLP, CPS Executive Director Troy Community Coalition 4420 Livernois, Troy, MI 48098.
Shutterbooth: Events Intern
Are you interested in a career in Event Planning or the Special Events  industry? ShutterBooth is in search of organized, creative and  outgoing interns! ShutterBooth is Michigan's first photo booth company and  manages nearly 1,400 events annually. This exciting opportunity will put  your skills to work and immerse you in the world of event planning and  execution. You will have the opportunity to create real world experiences  for clients, communicate with professional event planners and enhance our  social media presence. Hours are flexible and may be designed around your  school schedule. Join our team and work with us in our Royal Oak office!  For more information, or to apply, please send your resume and cover letter  to
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA): Communication Intern
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) is excited to announce the availability of an internship with our Communications team. This internship offers valuable experience in the non-profit, professional, state-wide association environment and is a great opportunity for someone looking for a future career in marketing, communications or public relations. With nearly 18,000 members, the MACPA provides a one-of-a kind opportunity for the selected intern to assist the Association in achieving its strategic goals. Candidates must be enrolled in a college/university program that provides educational credit and oversight. Under the direction, supervision and training of the Senior Director of Communications/Membership and Communications Specialist, interns will assist in writing communications to our members utilizing various vehicles including e-mail, social media, print and web; help in the creation and execution of overall marketing and branding of the Association; assist in organizing and handling special projects; observe and assist members of the communications department with various projects and tasks. Candidates must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student seeking related school credit (communications, public relations or marketing major preferred), possess marketing and public relations knowledge, effective writing, research and interpersonal communication skills, be tech savvy, have the ability to maintain professional demeanor and possess an upbeat, friendly attitude and be able to commit to 10-20 hours per week for one academic semester. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the MACPA at:
Miyan Media: Marketing Intern
Miyan Media is looking for qualified interns to join our marketing team. Our marketing department produces quality work for major companies, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of marketing campaigns. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing. Responsibilities: assist in finding and creating content; assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials; assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials; perform analysis of marketing and sales data; seek and analyze competitor marketing and sales materials both on and offline; prepare presentations; provide support to social media efforts; maintain tracking report of public relations activity; and assist with market research. Requirements: majoring in Marketing, Communications or Advertising; extensive knowledge of Web and social media; excellent communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal; good administrative and IT skills (including Microsoft Power Point, Word & Excel); creativity and ability to work on own initiative and meet deadlines; good research and internet skills; attention to detail; excellent team player; ability to thrive and adapt in a fast paced, ever changing environment; and commitment to equal opportunities. Desirable Requirements: previous marketing experience ; experience of web updating using a content management system; and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and desk-top publishing. Send resume and cover letter to Salina Rivera and Jerry Dixon (COO) at
Lighthouse of Oakland County: Communications Internship
Lighthouse of Oakland County Communications Internship: Are you interested in nonprofit organizations and helping to advance their work in the community? Are you passionate about communications and integrating new and “old” communications tools to tell a story? Would you like to work with one of the largest and most comprehensive human service organizations in Oakland County? If so, join Lighthouse of Oakland County as a communications intern! The Development Department is responsible for the organization’s fund development activities as well as all media relations, message development, publications, advertising and marketing. This internship focuses on print and web communications, marketing and publications, offering an opportunity to learn the techniques and strategies used in communications for a non-profit organization, as well as the production of a variety of written materials including booklets, pamphlets, ads and brochures. This internship represents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about careers in non-profit communications. Responsibilities will entail a mix of administration and substantive work experience, including: assist the Development Associate with daily operation of the communications activity; provide creative input for department's social media plan and processes; research, edit and proofread a broad range of materials; respond to internal and external requests for information; assist with the creation of Lighthouse's newsletter and annual report, and the development of its content; assist with the development of electronic communications and the implementation of promotional strategies for online communications channels such as Facebook & Twitter; assist other department staff members in planning and executing special events; a other administrative duties as needed. Ideal candidates are college juniors, seniors, recent graduates or graduate students who are: detail oriented, organized and able to work independently; responsible, creative, reliable and energetic; majoring in journalism, communications, English, public relations or related fields preferred; have professional writing, editing, proofreading and communication skills; prior experience with Social Media; have Strong copyediting skills, a strong command of English spelling and grammar; experience with AP style preferred; have proficiency and experience with online research and general computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); team players willing to pitch in and help out; prompt with excellent time management skills; familiarity with website editing (preferred but not required); knowledge of blogging platforms (WordPress). Please send your resume and cover letter to: Lizabeth M. Wiggins, Volunteer Resources Officer, Lighthouse of Oakland County, 46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI 48342-5033. P: 248-972-1480. F: 248-335-1099. Email:
The Baldwin Center: Communications Intern
The Baldwin Center is a human services agency located in Pontiac. Its mission is to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the disadvantaged in Pontiac. Major programs include the soup kitchen, clothing closet, and after school and enrichment programs. The Baldwin center seeks interns in a variety of areas, as indicated. Communications and Marketing Intern: Gain experience designing and implementing a marketing plan that would increase community awareness of a unique non-profit organization located in Pontiac. Opportunities to design marketing materials, sustain relationships with local press outlets, develop creative PR events targeting an urban community’s civic, municipal, and business leaders, engage underserved populations, and write for organizational publications. Communications, marketing or journalism major required with at least junior standing. Strong communication and computer skills required. 10-15 hours per week minimum, unpaid basis. Send e-mail with resume and writing sample to Volunteer Management Intern: Help establish tracking and utilization system for volunteer projects for an urban non-profit organization located in Pontiac. Audit current volunteer database and align systems to promote effective deployment of volunteer skills & interests with organization’s critical needs. Develop volunteer appreciation system. Requires strong verbal and written communication skills, computer expertise, and creative, critical thought. Database experience (especially Salesforce) helpful. Junior standing required. 10-15 hours per week minimum, unpaid basis. Send e-mail with resume and qualifications to Project Management Intern: Coordinate volunteer work projects for urban non-profit organization located in Pontiac. Work with staff to design projects that will improve facilities and grounds of the Center. Identify materials and skills needed to complete the project. Coordinate and schedule volunteer groups before arriving on site and provide supervision and support while on site. Requires strong verbal communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of personalities and skills. Strong problem solving and project management skills essential. Construction experience helpful. Junior standing required. 25 hours per week minimum during the summer. Unpaid. Send e-mail with resume and qualifications to Youth Services Intern: Assist in leadership and facilitation of an afterschool program/summer enrichment day camp for an urban non-profit organization in Pontiac. Integrate curricular resources for tutoring and enrichment, utilize volunteers effectively in the program, strategize creative ways to reach out to underserved populations, initiate creative programming for wellness and fitness campaigns. Requires excellent communication skills, experience working with youth (preferably in structured settings). Education major preferred. 10- 15 hours per week minimum, unpaid basis. Send email with resume and qualifications to Development/Fundraising Intern: Assist in the creation of a long-term strategy for increasing an urban non-profit organization’s development capacity. Create engaging and effective events to fundraise, help in the identification of appropriate grants, ramp-up major-gift and planned-giving efforts, and help in agency efforts to fully integrate and utilize social media in development areas. Requires strong verbal and communication skills. Junior standing. 10-15 hours per week minimum, unpaid basis. Send e-mail with resume and writing sample to, Abbie Blackshire, Program Director.
The Metro Times: Promotions Intern
The Metro Times seeks a promotions intern who will assist in all the marketing areas of the Metro Times, especially with the newspaper and event management. The intern will complete a weekly advertising category report, help organize press associated with Metro Times, coordinate giveaways of promotional items, act as a runner to deliver promotional items, assist in the development of radio spots/PSAs/press releases, assist in management of social media, constantly update and correct the media database, research other media to stay competitive on a viral marketing level and perform various office duties like copying or faxing or completing mailings. They are seeking a person with excellent verbal and written skills, a high degree of organization and attention to detail, strong time management skills, proactive work ethic and ability to act independently if called to do so, a working understanding of media and the market, proficiency with Microsoft Office as well as social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and a positive attitude. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, have approved citizenship papers or a current work visa, and be at least 21 years old. Candidates must be able to receive college credit for the internship. Candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.
Channel 955 - Mojo in the Morning: Radio Intern
Channel 955 - Mojo in the Morning seeking young and fun interns. Mojo's interns learn how to produce topics, pitch ideas for bits and topics, answer phones for on-air topics, research guests for on air, write questions for contests, and pull all prep for the morning. Channel 955 is a fun morning show with a very fast-paced environment. If you are not a morning person then don't even bother - the interns are in studio from 4:45 to 10 a.m. If you meet the requirements and want to learn the behind-the-scenes of radio, then contact Producer Rachel at This internship is unpaid and you must be earning credits through your college/university. You must supply paperwork from your adviser stating you will receive credit for the internship. We are located in Farmington Hills, MI.
Michigan Works! Service Center in Clinton Township: Community Relations Intern
Michigan Works! Service Center in Clinton Township is seeking an employment facilitator intern to work in Employment Services. The intern will work with customers in assisting them registering for the Michigan Talent Bank and job search on the Internet. Duties include assisting customers in placing online resumes into the Michigan Talent Bank and with job searching on the Internet, informing customers of the services that are available within the Michigan Works! Service centers, making appropriate referrals to various services, entering customer data into system, compiling daily and monthly statistics of customer flow, and completing various reports. Applicants must have a working knowledge of the Internet;n work well under pressure; have the ability to assist customers in entering online resumes; excellent grammar, writing, communication and customer service skills; and must be team-oriented in this fast-paced, high-volume environment. Responsibilities include assisting job seekers and employers in the Michigan Talent Bank registration process, Internet usage, and other employment-related services provided by the Michigan Works Service Centers; provide referrals and resources to job seekers and employers through the use of the Michigan Works Catalog of Services; occasionally, participate in outside promotions of the Michigan Works Services (seminars/special events, job fairs and rapid response meetings); work cooperatively with state and county agencies, departments and staff within the Michigan Works Service Centers; Completion of statistical reporting and data entry requirements; occasionally, assist Mediated Services staff with workshops and presentations; maintain a customer-friendly, self-service atmosphere. Other appropriate duties as assigned. Internship hours to satisfy the internship are flexible for students. They have utilized an intern in the past and have a good working relationship with OU. This is an unpaid internship with Michigan Works! Forward resume and cover letter to Jack Johns, employment service supervisor, at
The Rock & Roll Lawyer Show: Radio Intern
The Rock & Roll Lawyer Show (lawyer smarts meets rockabilly bop) is now hiring interns…and this ain’t no gopher job! Hosted by Sheldon Kay, The Rock & Roll Lawyer Show is the longest running roots radio show in Michigan. The program plays the best music no one’s ever heard of while also exploring topical issues in-depth and interviewing newsmakers. Sheldon Kay and his dynamic team seek to create a new listening experience for young and old listeners alike. The team seeks independent, creative and cool interns that come up with and research story lines; research the music, artists and songs; book, set up and prepare questions for guests; update the Facebook page; provide production ideas/spots; and maybe even be on air — that is, if you are cool enough! The RRLS runs every Friday from 6-7 p.m. on WCXI 1160 AM and it is streamed live on air on The Rock & Roll Lawyer Show website. Visit the website to get a sense of the show. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Sheldon Kay at
Gilda's Club: Marketing & Development Intern
Marketing & Development intern needed for this Royal Oak nonprofit. Gilda’s Club offers free social and emotional support for men, women, teens and children touched by any type of cancer. The program includes support and networking groups, education lectures, workshops, children and teen activities, nutrition and wellness and social events. The intern will assist with general marketing and fundraising projects. Duties include but are not limited to: Writing press releases; assisting with event planning, fundraising campaigns and events; creating fundraising and marketing materials; general marketing and PR projects; and daily interaction with staff, volunteers, members and some vendors. Requirements: Junior level or above in college, university or technical school. Excellent writing, communication and computer skills required. Editing and graphic design experience a plus. Unpaid; approximately 15 hours per week. Schedule to be mutually agreed upon. Send cover letter and resume to Megan Hengesbaugh at
Allied Integrated Marketing: Marketing Intern
Allied Integrated Marketing offers a unique college internship position in our Field Marketing division. Interns have the opportunity to see how marketing campaigns are developed and executed, and will learn about working in an agency environment with a focus on entertainment and film clients in the Michigan markets.

The field marketing intern will participate in brainstorming alongside Allied’s team of Account Executives, getting a feel for the kinds of promotional and publicity stunts and events that clients prefer. Learn how to develop a pitch, and have a chance to use those skills to communicate with college media, student organizations, and local businesses. Ideate and organize local-level events promoting client projects, such as themed bar nights, campus scavenger hunts, or Greek system activities. Gain event management experience by attending and assisting Allied staff at evening screenings or events. Gain experience with research tools such as Cision, TVEyes and Google, learning how to effectively identify target audiences for campaign messaging.

At the conclusion of the internship term, interns will submit one portfolio piece, prepared under the supervision of Allied staff. The subject can be whatever the intern chooses, but it should showcase what was learned over the course of the internship. Interns are encouraged to approach every project with an eye towards resume building and professional development. This is an unpaid internship position. You will not be compensated in any fashion. You will not receive wages, health insurance benefits, retirement benefits, or company property in exchange for your participation.

Allied will support any effort to obtain college course credit for your internship. You will be responsible for satisfying any requirements your school may have to obtain course credit.

ABOUT ALLIED INTEGRATED MARKETING: Allied Integrated Marketing is a full service integrated marketing firm focused on the entertainment industry and consumer brands, specializing in delivering targeted programs on a local, regional or national basis. The firm has 23 offices in the U.S. and Canada, making it the largest privately held company of its kind in North America. Allied has a management team of creative, advertising, publicity and promotions specialists with a great depth of knowledge and industry experience. Some of our current clients include 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, IFC, Food Network, The Disney Store, Mattel, and W Hotels as well as the touring productions of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

TO APPLY: Please send resume to Margo Baetens at New interns are brought in three times a year – winter (January-April), spring/summer (May-August) & fall (September-December).
State of Michigan Internship Program
State of Michigan Internship Program – Unpaid internship opportunities available throughout all State of Michigan Departments. Opportunities for any and all majors. Flexible part- and full-time schedules. The intern must be enrolled in a college/university at time of application and during internship. For more information or to apply, visit the State of Michigan Career Services website.
Tanner Friedman: Communications Intern
This Farmington Hills-based strategic communications firm specializes in traditional and emerging media relations, adversity management and public relations counsel. Summer, fall and winter interns will need to work in the office 10-15 hours per week. The goal of the internships is to provide students with a meaningful, multidimensional, “real world” experience that will tangibly augment their educational background and help build a foundation on which they can base a professional career. Interns will learn about and contribute to research, writing, media relations and client meetings. Students seeking a degree in public relations — whether agency, corporate or nonprofit — are preferred. The skills most important to any PR professional are necessary: good judgment; writing and overall communications skills; and the ability to think creatively, multitask and work effectively, both individually and as part of a team. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Paige Long at . Application deadlines are Feb 1 for summer internships, July 15 for fall internships and Oct. 1 for winter internships. They expect to review resumes and bring in candidates to interview within two weeks of application deadline. The company's website is . This is an unpaid internship.
VFI Marketing: PR/Marketing Intern
VFI Marketing – Join an energetic PR team based in Rochester to receive well-rounded career experience. VFI seeks smart and hard-working students who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, are juniors or seniors, and are pursuing a degree in public relations, journalism or communications. This internship opportunity is unpaid and for-credit. VFI interns learn about national media relations in support of a nine-month campaign. There's an opportunity to participate in staff meetings; fine-tune writing, editing and proofreading skills; develop targeted media lists; coordinate press coverage, including print, online and broadcast; learn about media relations; and join in PR agency service and responsiveness to client needs. There is also an opportunity to assist in marketing efforts in support of the campaign. Emphasis is placed on quality work using best practices, innovating and contributing to the PR team. Interns should have the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively on the phone and via email; maintain professionalism and the highest ethical standards; be on-time, accurate, honest, self-confident and organized; be open to listen and learn; know computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet (Facebook is a plus); be goal-oriented with strong problem-solving skills; and keep multiple projects in progress. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Ralph Liebner at
WDIV Channel 4
WDIV Channel 4 seeks interns in programming, promotion, news and sales every semester. If you are interested in a broadcasting internship, the communication program recommends you take some broadcasting courses first and/or participate in student organizations, such as the Student Video Club (see the Student Organization web page), before applying. For more information, please visit the WDIV Channel 4 website.
WJBK FOX 2 News Detroit
WJBK FOX 2 News Detroit seeks interns in broadcasting (news/sports/weather/health/problem solvers, etc.), creative service (promotion/production), sales/marketing/research, and graphic arts every semester. If you are interested in a broadcasting internship, the communication program strongly recommends you take some broadcasting courses first and/or participate in student organizations, such as the Student Video Club (see the Student Organization web page), before applying. For more information, please visit the WJBK FOX 2 website.
Special Olympics Michigan: PR Intern
Special Olympics Michigan is seeking two development and public relations interns at the Troy office. The ideal candidate will assist staff with various internal and external development efforts including special event development and support, creation of marketing plans and materials, assistance with the integration of social media, volunteer recruitment and empowerment, and working with different communication pieces for publication. Qualifications for the position include strong written and verbal communication skills (A.P. style), literacy in Microsoft Office, strong attention to details and the ability to work independently. Position is appropriate for journalism, communications, marketing and public relations majors. The position is unpaid but offers a flexible schedule for the working student. Special Olympics Michigan works hard to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. To find out more information regarding the organization, please visit the Special Olympics Michigan website. Please send resume with cover letter to Rick Brady,
Pontiac SUN: Communications Intern
Pontiac SUN (Strong United Neighbors) TimeBank (a community skill exchange)  is seeking communications interns at our Pontiac office. Strong writing  skills are a must. You can expect to write newsletter articles, accompany  the members/staff on shoots at various projects/exchange opportunities, do  research, write press releases, and help with special events. We look for  interns in all three semesters.

The intern will design art and copy layouts for events and provide target  marketing to specific membership needs. Among other responsibilities, an  intern can expect to create, design and update all communication related to  event and sponsorship development, such as website advertising, event  promotional materials, event advertising, social media and weekly e-blasts;  communicate membership value with targeted educational content; determine  size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy within the  guidelines of the sponsorship brochure; cover events and promote through  social media; and assist on all large events as needed for setup and  teardown.

Applicants should have proven writing skills, a professional demeanor and a  willingness to learn. Candidates should be energetic, self-starters and  resourceful problem solvers that enjoy fast-paced work and are dedicated to  delivering results. Needed are strong skills in social media, MS Office,  and internet research. If you want a great experience, this is the place  for you. Please send your resume and two writing samples to Kim Hodge at See for more info about  TimeBanking.
Know Advertising: Advertising Intern

Know Advertising is a full-service, boutique agency consistently envisioning and implementing innovative ideas, developing cost-effective integrated marketing programs and creating memorable brands. This means you will see a variety of campaigns formed that include print, video and digital work. Throughout your semester with us, you will have periodic mentor check ins with the agency management team to discuss the experience and to help guide you after the internship experience is complete.
The Account Services Intern will be immersed in the Account Services department to observe and experience how account executives interact with clients, work with all agency departments and oversee projects of varying sizes and scope. Over the course of the internship, the account intern will guide a hands-on, real-world pro bono project that includes in-person interaction with a non-profit client. Working closely with his/her fellow interns, the account services intern will help develop a comprehensive marketing strategy and creative campaign for the non-profit organization. This intensive, educational project will span the entire length of the internship and culminates in a live presentation of the campaign to key personnel of the non-profit organization. The Account Intern will report to the Director of Account Services and will be paired with an experienced mentor who will hold several in-person mentor meetings at various checkpoints.
Resumes can be uploaded on the internship page of our website which can be found at

Quicken Loans

The downtown Detroit-based mortgage company has openings for interns in public relations, social media marketing, copywriting, HTML, interactive design and web development. Many are paid. Quicken hires many interns after their internship ends. To apply for an internship at Quicken Loans visit their website:

Ascension St. John and Providence Foundations: Special Events Intern

St. John Providence Foundations
Mack Office Building, Suite 102
19251 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

St. John Providence Foundations’ Special Events Student Intern Position is an opportunity for students to gain experience in a corporate organization specializing in health care. Students receive hands-on training coordinating fundraising, stewardship, cultivation and recognition events. The Special Events team is dedicated to maximizing the efficiency and success of all special events, while involving and engaging our volunteers, prospects and donors.

Hours will be determined based on student’s school schedule (minimum of 16 hours per week). The position is unpaid. No benefits are offered.

Internship duration to last August-November, December-March or April-July with possibility to extend based on performance.


  • Assist event leads with logistics, set up, registration, auction and raffle at events
  • Basic training in Raiser’s Edge fundraising software used in fundraising office
  • Edit invitations, program books, signage and other event-related copy
  • Manage and update RSVPS, guest lists and event records
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and coordinating volunteers at events
  • Participate in team meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Solicit raffle and auction items


  • Junior- or senior-level college student
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time and deadlines efficiently
  • Reliable transportation
  • Local candidates only
  • Available for nights and weekends based on calendar of events
  • Majors recommended:
    • Special Events
    • Communication
    • Hospitality
    • Tourism
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Business
    • Advertising

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to Ashley Abaloz, Special Event Consultant, at and

SS Digital Media: Creative Team Intern
Who We Are
SS Digital Media is a full-service digital marketing firm located in Troy,  Michigan. Through search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing  (SEM), social networking, public relations and graphic design, we work with  a variety of clients to create search engine-friendly websites, increase  traffic and generate more sales. We pride ourselves in servicing companies  on the local, national and international level.

Internship Description
Applicants should have a high attention to detail and be professional,  self-motivated and organized. You’ll be working on projects right alongside  the rest of the creative team and will be looked to for design solutions,  creative concepts and the occasional brilliant idea.

Duties will include designing display ads, photo editing, website graphics,  HTML coding and video production.

  • Junior or senior pursuing an undergraduate degree with a major in advertising, graphic design and marketing
  • Detail oriented
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (HTML & Flash is a plus)
  • Willingness to assist with all aspects of the organization as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Driven, self-motivated and enthusiastic
This is a paid position, and may be used for class credit. Interns will be expected to work during regular workplace hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at  least 15 hours per week. However, work hours can be flexible for mornings  or afternoons. Please remember that this is a 16-week commitment.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Natalie Roosa, Senior Visual Designer,
SS Digital Media: Digital Marketing Intern
Who We Are
SS Digital Media is a full-service digital advertising agency. Our team of designers, artists, writers and thinkers has helped companies build great brands, lead and innovate. But, how? It’s a combination of research, strategy, marketing, technology and design. Our main focus is on maximizing your visibility in the digital realm, making a positive impact on your bottom line.

950 Stephenson HWY
Suite 110
Troy, MI 48083

Internship Description
Assist in all digital marketing efforts for a range of clients. Responsibilities will include developing blogs, press releases, writing optimized content (SEO), assisting in brainstorming sessions, basic HTML, working within WordPress CMS, analyzing Web traffic and working with a variety of social networking sites. Further, responsibilities may include participating and marketing events, new business outreach and market research.

  • Junior or senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in marketing, advertising, PR, journalism or related field
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills required
  • Detail orientated
  • Basic knowledge in social media
  • Some knowledge of HTML and WordPress
  • Willingness to assist with all aspects of the organization as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Driven, self-motivated and enthusiastic
Interns will be expected to work during regular workplace hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at  least 15 hours per week. However, work hours can be flexible for mornings  or afternoons. Please remember that this is a 16-week commitment.

Send resume and cover letter to: and
Christ Church Cranbrook and The Cranbrook Project: Marketing and Communications Intern
Christ Church Cranbrook and The Cranbrook Project seek a dynamic and creative self-starter to assist in various marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain diverse experience (with the potential to make some lasting connections within the metro-Detroit area and beyond), and build your portfolio with a variety of print, digital, graphic and video pieces. Dependent on the intern’s performance, this position has potential to become a part-time position following completion.

Site: Christ Church Cranbrook
470 Church Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

The intern’s work can include:
  • Assist in laying out the weekly print and digital newsletter
  • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories
  • Designing flyers, graphics, evites and other marketing material for major events hosted by CCC
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications efforts
  • Collaborate with Communications team on social media efforts and storytelling opportunities
  • Assist with in-house print and video production needs, and with any studio production efforts
  • Assist with major events hosted by CCC in communications and producer capacities
  • Assist in updating the CCC website when needed
  • Potential for an internship long project for intern to own, dependent on capabilities, existing skills, and intern’s intended career path

Additional information on this position can be found here:

Qualifications: Applicants should be currently working toward a college degree, preferably in English, Marketing, Communications, Advertising, Graphic Design, Video Production or Public Relations. Candidates must be able to provide their own transportation, have a valid driver’s license, and be flexible to accommodate occasional evening and/or weekend hours as needed due to special events. 

To Apply: Please a send cover letter and resume to Sarah Buckley, Director of Publications: Position is dependent on satisfactory completion of a background check.


Experts have predicted for years that communication will become increasingly valued as we move into the post-industrial era. Clearly this is happening now. More and more employers are looking for people with strong communication backgrounds.

Pathways to Careers in Communication offers some key observations. Excellent communication skills are important in both social and career settings. Communication is the basis for relational development and maintenance, family cohesion and work success. The U.S. Department of Labor has declared there are 16 qualities for high job performance. Ten of those qualities are commonly studied in the field of communication: listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self-management and integrity/honesty.

All of the pathways normally pursued for obtaining a job should be explored when searching for a position in communication. Job searches can include going to Career Services, listing with an employment agency, conducting informational interviews, doing internships, and networking with people who may be aware of job opportunities.

Some career options include:

  • Public Relations
  • Government Relations
  • Public Affairs
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Event Planning
  • Management
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Radio Production
  • Television Broadcasting
  • Television Production
  • Grant Writing
  • Publishing
  • HR/Employment Services
Career Prep

Prepare for a career in communications:

  • Internships, part-time jobs and volunteer positions while you are a student often lead to future job placements. These positions often build networks in which you get to know people in various settings who do hiring or know of possible openings. It is strongly recommended that communication majors obtain a position, whether paid or voluntary, that allows for "hands-on" experience in the field.
  • Do informational interviews. Make appointments with people in your field who hold positions similar to your career desires. Ask them to describe the pathway they followed to obtain their position.
  • While studying for your degree, assemble information that shows your talents. A portfolio of writing samples, "demo" tapes, and copies of reports and group projects, all can be valuable in showcasing your talents.
  • When asking anyone to write letters of recommendation, provide them with the documentation they need to flesh out the statements about you with examples and illustrations. At a minimum, give them a resume that lists your school activities, work record and other information they may not have about you.
  • Students should visit (by their junior year) Career Services to have their resumes and cover letters reviewed. Students should also do a mock interview.  Additionally, this office assists students and alumni in identifying career-related full-time, part-time and seasonal employment opportunities. The office provides direct access to job opportunities through on-campus interviews, job referral activities, and Career Link. 

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