COM 491, the internship class for communication majors, now fulfills the capstone requirement for the B.A. in 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.
If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone personally about the internship course, please attend the mandatory Pre-Internship meeting and/or contact Dr. Rob Sidelinger.
Prerequisites / Pre-Internship Meetings:
Students must possess junior or senior standing and receive permission of the instructor to enroll in this class. This class normally requires completion of at least one writing course beyond RHT 160. [Students who have earned 56-90 credit hours are juniors. Students who have earned 91 or more credit hours are seniors.]
Students who are registered for COM 491 (the internship class) are required to attend one pre-internship meeting to learn how to go about setting up an approved internship. 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 will be dropped from the course.
If you are registered for the class in the winter of 2014 or summer 2014
, please attend the following meeting:
- Monday, December 2, 2013, from 5-6:30 p.m. - South Foundation Hall 367
If you are registered for the class in the summer of 2014, you are welcome to choose from among the following dates:
- Monday, February 17, 2014, from 4-5:30 p.m. - Wilson Hall 124
- Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5-6:30 p.m. - Wilson Hall 124
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).
COM 491 is a four-credit course, requiring at least 12 weeks and 150 hours of pre-approved internship work over the course of a 15-week semester. 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. If the work experience extends beyond the end of the term when they are registered for COM 491, a progress (P) grade will be assigned. 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 491, the internship class, during the semester you would like to do an internship. Attend the next available mandatory pre-internship meeting.
- Make an appointment with Career Services to have a career consultant review your resume and cover letter. Make the revisions your consultant recommends. You do not have to wait until after the mandatory pre-internship meeting to go to Career Services. You can make this appointment as soon as you know you want to apply for an internship. Take your internship application form (the link is below) with you to Career Services and have your consultant sign it.
- Fill out the Internship Application Form. Submit the form along with a copy of your resume and cover letter to Internship Director Dr. Rob Sidelinger. You may submit your materials to Dr. Sidelinger via email at email@example.com, by fax at (248) 370-4208, or in person at the main office of the Department of Communication and Journalism in 316 Wilson Hall. The first three steps must be completed before you begin your internship search.
- Once all your materials (resume, cover letter, Internship Application Form) have been turned in to the internship director, you may begin emailing or faxing your resume and cover letter to the list of internship employers. Refer to the list of approved internships on the website. It is recommended that you follow the time frames listed below, but you should check with each employer to verify their due dates, as due dates vary:
- Fall Term: June / Early July
- Winter Term: October / early November
- Summer Terms: February / March
- The employer will contact you directly to set up an interview. Research the company before you go to the interview: know the business, know the clients, etc. The interview should be handled in the same manner one 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. After the interview, send a thank you letter via email and in print.
- Once an internship position has been offered and accepted, fill out the Internship Approval Form with your supervisor. Submit this form to the internship director as soon as possible, but no later than the first day of classes, to secure your place in the class. Anyone who has not submitted all their materials by the first day of class will be dropped from the course. If you start your internship before the first day of classes, you must submit all your forms to the internship director BEFORE starting the internship. You cannot start logging your hours until all your forms have been received by the internship director.
- 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.
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. 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. If you have questions, please contact Rob Sidelinger.
If you are seeking a Winter or Summer 2014 internship, you may apply to the following organizations:
The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDS) is seeking a special events intern. The DDA 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. Intern Responsibilities include: Assist with planning of DDA events; Assist with recruitment of vendors for annual Flower Fair event; Solicit and assist with selection of musical entertainment for summer concert series; Work with downtown businesses to create tie in to events; Assist with coordination of event marketing and promotions including press releases, advertising, event listings, event program, website updates, etc.; and Coordinate sponsorship development, grant-writing and other fundraising methods. Candidate Requirements include: 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; and Knowledge of Microsoft applications. Send resume to: Lake Orion DDA, 118 North Broadway Street, Lake Orion MI 48362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact: Suzanne Perreault, Executing Director at 248-693-9742.
Stratacomm (http://stratacomm.net/), a full-service strategic communications firm is searching for strong candidates for a full time, paid internship this winter 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 to Brooke Ziomek, email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Green Light Go Music Publicity – Located in Ferndale, the Green Light Go (http://glgpub.com) 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 Janelle@glgpub.com.
Blue Wheel Media is seeking digital marketing/editorial interns. BWM (www.bluewheelmedia.com)is a digital marketing agency based in Troy, MI, only a few miles from Oakland University's campus. They are seeking interns that are dedicated to the craft of marketing via the Internet's many social facets. Whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Stumbleupon, 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 3 days a week, from 10AM to 6PM (unpaid), and also requires experience with Mac and a working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Docs. Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and blogging platforms (specifically WordPress) is crucial. Experience with blogging multimedia such as images, videos, and hyperlinks helps. 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 1 writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Detroit Zoological Society
is currently accepting applications for the winter PR/Communications internship. Want to mingle with the macaronis and connect with the camels while learning valuable PR and communications skills? Then the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has the internship for you! T he DZS is seeking college student interns for the fall semester who are in their junior or senior year and studying Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related fields. Interns will be responsible for drafting press releases, talking points, newsletter profiles, Facebook status updates and other PR-related copy; proofing and editing copy; scheduling and coordinating media interviews; escorting media through the Detroit 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. I nterns 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. T he duration of the internship is late August through late December; 24 hours (three days) per week. This is a non-paid internship, and it is mandatory that students receive course credit. T he 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. The deadline for all resumes is November 15, 2013.
Please apply here and s end resume to: Patricia Janeway, Communications Director, at email@example.com
with a cc. to PR1@dzs.org
. Please put “Winter PR Internship” in the Subject line.
(located in Southfield) seeks business development/marketing intern. This financial media company seeks a driven and talented individual to join their team and earn college credit. Daily tasks will focus on assisting heads of both departments with marketing campaigns and promotions. Organizational skills will be put to use as well as spreadsheet management. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to think analytically, talk to partners, and adapt on the fly. A working knowledge of computers as well as word processing and database management software is necessary. Send your resume and cover letter to Jake Lecuyer at Jake@Benzingapro.com
(located in Southfield) 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. Send your resume and cover letter to Jake Lecuyer at Jake@Benzingapro.com
The Suburban Collection Showplace is seeking a winter 2014 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 www.suburbancollectionshowplace.com. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and writing samples (press releases or pieces related to PR or Marketing projects) to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Mich., and has been host to a variety of events such as public expositions, trade shows, association and corporate conferences and prestigious social events.To be considered, please apply no later than November 1, 2013.
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 5-15 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. Please submit your resume and cover letter as PDF documents via e-mail to the attention of Jessie Jimenez-Schlicht, Director of Development, at email@example.com.
The Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies is seeking an organized and enthusiastic intern to assist the staff of an exciting program supported by the generosity of The Kresge Foundation. Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of The Kresge Foundation's Detroit Program, a comprehensive community-development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region. Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for the Kresge Artist Fellowships (of $25,000 each) and the Kresge Eminent Artist Award (of $50,000) annually to metropolitan Detroit artists in the literary, performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. This internship provides experience to students who have interest in communications, public relations and constituent management especially as they relate to community building and the arts. This internship is unpaid, and the intern reports to the Community Outreach Associate. The intern will assist in day-to-day communications activities, provide assistance at special events and maintain communication lists. Students should be available for 1-2 days a week with an average of 7-8 hours per week during normal business hours (hours flexible). Primary Duties: Conduct regular clip scans for mentions of Kresge Arts In Detroit and its awarded artists; maintain press binder; Assist with social media; Assist with preparation of presentations; Assist in local and national press list management; Assist with constituent organization and management; Work on special projects as assigned; Assist with event preparations; and Research related to communications. To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Communications Internship” to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to delivering interactive toys, crafts and hands-on activities to children going through cancer treatment in local hospitals. Our mission is to lift the spirits of young cancer patients by providing them with engaging, empowering activities while they are going through treatment. We are seeking an intern who will: (1) pull together the fall Bottomless Toychest Bowling Fundraiser, including coordinating the silent auction, event PR, and event organization; (2) organize and implement the Tons of Toys Holiday toy event, which is a series of parties at different pediatric oncology clinics in the area where we deliver lots of toys and other fun surprises to the patients and (3) perform other administrative duties including working with volunteers, helping with events and doing office work. The Bottomless Toy Chest is a small nonprofit, which means every person who works there has the opportunity to make a big difference and offer their input. This internship includes a lot of hands-on experience with the inner workings of a small company and how it is run. Candidates should have an interest in nonprofits and be willing to work on a team and assist in daily operations. Candidates should have strong organizational, writing, and social skills and have a flare for marketing. Email your resume and cover letter to Mickey Guisewite at Mickey@bottomlesstoychest.org.
Moosejaw is the most fun outdoor retailer ever. We sell the finest gear and outerwear through our eleven retail shops in Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, our mail order catalog and website. At Moosejaw our goal is to make shopping as much fun as climbing in the Himalayas. Not that climbing in the freezing cold weather is fun but you know what we mean. We’re seeking a Social Media Marketing intern for our marketing team based out of our headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan. This internship will assist with our social media efforts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, as well as, Moosejaw characters, promotions and customer email responses. This is an unpaid fall internship requiring a 16 -24 hour/week commitment. The schedule and length of internship is flexible. Students must be able to receive college credit or provide proof of the educational benefit for their internship experience from their College/University department/counselor. Responsibilities Include: assisting with the management of our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.; developing and implementing social media campaigns to drive increased customer involvement, build followers and drive online sales; answering customer posts on social media channels; coordinating social giveaways and prize fulfillment; assisting with Moosejaw character responses to customers, including engaging the customer in Moosejaw Madness and building customer loyalty; researching the latest social media sites and best practices; and analyzing the competitive marketplace, including monitoring competitor websites and social media campaigns. Internship Requirements:The Social Media Marketing intern must be organized and detail oriented. Must also have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, and be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, team environment, striking the appropriate balance between working independently and keeping supervisor informed. The Social Media Marketing intern must be able to perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities, must be proficient in MS Excel. Experience with social media sites is required, at least as a committed user. If you’re highly addicted to Facebook or Twitter your friends may think you need professional help but we think you’re tha bomb. Yeah I actually just wrote tha bomb. Totally embarrassing. Experience with internet marketing, search engine optimization and web analytics is preferred, but not required. How to Apply: Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use job code SM so we know what you’re applying for. Otherwise we’ll pretend you’re applying to be a mime and your interview will be silent picture style.
Moosejaw is seeking a Web Content Copywriter intern for our marketing and web teams based out of our headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan. This fall internship involves the web and writing informative and engaging copy. The Web Content Copywriter is responsible for assisting Moosejaw’s marketing and web teams with developing relevant and effective copy that includes good SEO practices throughout Moosejaw.com. I once saw someone write in Morse code. It wasn't much better than Braille. Responsibilities Include: writing product descriptions and other web content, gathering new keywords and assisting with keyword discovery; taking vendor provided product information to develop engaging and informative landing pages for Moosejaw.com; assisting the web content team with executing new SEO strategies and seasonal content updates; becoming familiar with search engine rankings and best practices for improving natural search traffic; assisting with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), including developing keyword lists, as well as creating content on the websites and affiliated networks; analyzing the competitive marketplace, including monitoring competitor websites and promotions to recommend areas Moosejaw.com can improve upon. Internship Requirements: The web copywriter intern should enjoy writing and must have super exceptional writing skills. They should be organized, very detailed oriented and be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, team environment, striking the appropriate balance between working independently and keeping supervisor informed. Must also have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to transform boring old copy and data into super fun product information and Moosejaw madness. The web copywriter intern must be able to perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities, must have impeccable writing skills, be proficient in MS Excel, and have experience with social media websites. Experience with HTML and other web development coding, Adobe Photoshop, web analytics terminology, capabilities and reporting is preferred, but not required. This is an unpaid fall internship requiring a 16 -24 hour/week commitment. How to Apply: Email your resume to email@example.com. Please use job code WCW so we know what you’re applying for. WCW is WCW reversed.
Moosejaw is seeking a fall intern for our SEO/ marketing team based out of our headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan. This internship involves content writing and SEO, which you'd think stands for Started Eating Oranges, but it doesn't. The SEO intern is responsible for assisting Moosejaw’s web team with developing relevant and effective content and implementing SEO strategies throughout Moosejaw.com. Do you remember Pogs? That’s all. I’d just like you to remember. Responsibilities Include: assisting with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), including developing keyword lists; assisting the web content team with executing new SEO strategies and seasonal content updates; creating relevant content for Moosejaw.com; researching relevant websites to find possible link partners; becoming familiar with search engine rankings and best practices for improving natural search traffic; and analyzing the competitive marketplace, including monitoring competitor websites and promotions to recommend areas Moosejaw.com can improve upon. Internship Requirements: The SEO intern must be organized and detail oriented. Must also have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical and problem solving skills, and be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, team environment, striking the appropriate balance between working independently and keeping supervisor informed. If you can juggle, while riding a unicycle, while dressed like a clown, you should be in a circus. But this might also be a good experience for you. The SEO intern must be able to perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities, must be proficient in MS Excel and have mad writing skills. Experience with HTML and other web development coding, as well as Google Adwords, web analytics terminology, capabilities and reporting is preferred, but not required. This is an unpaid internship requiring a 16 -24 hour/week commitment for the fall. How to Apply: Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to know what you are applying for, so please use job code SEO in the subject line. I’d also love a pet monkey. But that’s not going to happen. So bummed.
Visual Merchandising Internship at Moosejaw! We’re looking for a fall visual merchandising intern to assist our visual merchandiser with designing, developing the executing the visual strategy of our stores and their merchandise. The visual merchandising intern should directly contribute to the profitability of the stores. Our visual merchandiser does lots of other stuff too. Everything from picking what goes where to drawing pretty pictures and diagrams to getting dirty in the wood shop. The ability to draw stick men and women is a bonus. Not required. This internship is based out of our headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan but will require travel to some or all of the Michigan locations. It’s an unpaid internship requiring a 16-20 hour/week commitment. The length of internship is flexible and the schedule is somewhat flexible. Students must be able to receive college credit OR provide proof of the educational benefit for their internship experience from their College/University department/counselor. Responsibilities Include: helping with the creation of templates for current and future seasonal floor plans; assisting with Floor set execution; modifying current plans when needed; training the store team on visual standards; working with assistant buyers to determine and detail product delays; verifying the accuracy of visual merchandising issues; analyzing the ROI of the merchandising by fixture; researching and analyzing the competitive marketplace in terms of visual merchandising ; co-managing a visual merchandising calendar for current & new stores; and participating in key meetings with the team. Internship Requirements: The visual merchandising intern must be focused, organized, a great communicator and detail oriented. Must also have highly developed analytical and problem solving skills, and be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, team environment. Must be proficient in MS Excel and should have an interest in pursuing a purchasing or visual merchandising career. Lifting of up to 50 lbs. may be required. Outdoor product knowledge is preferred. How to Apply: Email your resume to email@example.com. Please use job code VMI. The end.
Communications Intern: The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for local businesses and organizations in Orion Township, the Village of Lake Orion and surrounding areas. The staff and volunteers of the OACC provide networking, marketing, professional development and other services to its members. Through various events and projects the Chamber works to provide our members with opportunities and knowledge to help grow their businesses within the community. The Communications intern is responsible for maintaining the media contact list, writing and distributing press releases for upcoming events, researching and writing feature articles about members for publication in the local newspaper The Lake Orion Review. In addition they will help compile and write information for the Chamber's weekly eNewsletter the Monday Motivator, update social media sites and website content. We are seeking interns who have completed college coursework in journalism, communications or similar subject matter. Interns should have excellent written and oral communication skills and be familiar with the development of social networking sites. Internship hours are flexible. This is an unpaid internship. To apply please send cover letter and resume' to Alaina Campbell, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about our Chamber visit our website at http://www.orionareachamber.com/
The Parade Company Fall Events Intern,
September 10 – December 2, 2013. Schedule:
Tuesday-Friday, hours dependent upon event schedule, some weekends and evenings required.
Stipend - $150.00 per week.
Summary: The Events Intern provides pre-event, on-site and post-event assistance for special events produced by The Parade Company for the purpose of marketing the organization, increasing visibility in the community and fulfilling sponsorship and partner agreements.
The Events Intern will assist with planning TPC marketing and branding events during our fall Parade season. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: data entry, mailing of event invitations, shipping/transport of event related supplies and documents, placing orders for event rentals, check-in of guests at events, handling guest reservations, event record keeping, event set up and tear down, coordinating volunteers, and other tasks as assigned.
See the attached file
for important information regarding what the position requires and the key dates interns must be available.
Resume submission deadline: August 23rd to Jasmin De Forrest at email@example.com. The email body should serve as your cover letter.
Public Relations opportunity with Brendy Barr Communications, LLC. We may not be the biggest PR firm in town, but we like it that way ... and so do our national accounts, which is why our interns get fantastic hands-on PR experience with clients like the Fisher Theater, Field Entertainment, 7-Eleven, Blockbuster and more! Internships are available year-found and while they are for college credit only (non-paid) the experience and perks are great. Candidate requirements: a major in public relations, communication, marketing, journalism or a related field who possesses; reliable transportation; available weekends and evenings for client events, in addition to regular office hours; excellent written and verbal communication skills; professional presence; hard worker who is able to meet demanding deadlines; knowledge of Microsoft Word; minimum two days a week, schedule can be designed to fit around class schedule. We are located in north Rochester Hills. For more information about Brendy Barr Communications, please visit www.barrcommunications.com. Questions and resumes should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Towers in the Morning Show on Fresh 100.3 is seeking an intern
with a good sense of humor and who also is creative, willing to learn, and quick to learn. Tasks include talking to listeners, taking winner information, posting pictures and video onto the station's website, printing the morning topics, printing news stories, searching the Internet for audio to accompany content, keeping binders and spreadsheets up to date and current, filling out the show sheet and listening to hours and hours of audio. Students able to do minor audio editing are highly desired. Students who are not morning people and don't like to have fun should not apply. The hours are from 5 AM - 10 AM, either T/Th or MWF. Send resume and cover letter to Chelsea Kivell at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Morrison, MA, LLP, CPS Executive Director Troy Community Coalition 4420 Livernois, Troy, MI 48098.
ZF, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology, seeks a paid fall marketing intern.
The ZF marketing intern will support the day-to-day activities of the marketing communications department, including regional corporate and product marketing communication strategies and programs.
The intern will write releases, advisories, memos and newsletter articles; ensure corporate and product brand governance and outreach across all regional locations; assist with trade shows; track media coverage and update media lists; assist at press and marketing events, facility openings, receptions, and meetings; research, gather costs, and manage vendor coordination. The desired student will be working towards a degree in marketing, communication, or public relations; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; possess strong writing skills and a familiarity with AP Style; ability to work both independently and on a team; possess proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (word, excel, powerpoint, outlook); and be a motivated self-starter with a good attitude and organizational/time management skills. Time commitment: 15 hours week. To apply, email your resume to email@example.com
by August 16
. Put "Fall Intern Candidate" in the subject line.
OLHSA, a Community Action Agency located in Pontiac, seeks an unpaid Public Relations Intern. The intern will create content in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; write press releases, stories, blog posts and more; update the website with content manager and electronic signs; monitor social media and track media; assist with media relations, including research; assist with fundraising/special events; prepare media kits; attend meetings. The desired start date is August 19, 2013, but applications will be accepted until September 10, 2013. The hours per week are negotiable. Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, including AP style; experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe InDesign; attention to detail and ability to work without supervision; prior internship experience a plus. Apply through OUCareerlink.com.
Internship at Shutterbooth: Are you interested in a career in Event Planning or the Special Events industry? ShutterBooth is in search of organized, creative and outgoing interns! 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 and meet and learn from professional event planners and industry insiders. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) i
s excited to announce the availability of a fall 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 resume and writing sample to the MACPA at: email@example.com
Scribe Publishing Company
is Michigan’s newest independent book publisher. We are seeking interns to assist in developing and executing marketing and PR plans for Scribe Publishing Company books and authors, as well as the company itself. Scribe Publishing Company’s parent company, Scribe Consulting LLC, also provides occasional marketing and PR work for outside clients, and the intern may be asked to work on tasks of the same nature for outside clients. Our office is located in Troy at Maple and Coolidge. Interns will need to work in the office at least two days per week at 10-12 hours total per week, and the hours can be flexible to fit the intern’s schedule.The goal of the internship program is to provide students with real-world business experience to list on their resumes and use in their portfolios. Required skills include proficiency in Microsoft Office products, a willingness to cold-call and/or email reporters, editors and journalists to pitch story ideas and generate media interest, excellent writing and communication skills, and a willingness to learn and be part of a growing team. The ideal candidate is a major in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, English or related field. This internship is available every semester. It is unpaid, but course credit may be granted for the experience. Candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Baum, publisher and editorial director, at Jennifer@scribe-publishing.com
. For more information, visit http://scribe-publishing.com
Paid Internships at Epitech- Epitec has designed an Internship Program that gives students an opportunity to enhance their education with career-related experience. The program helps prepare students to work effectively in the business world. Gaining hands-on work experience also helps students make career choices, which will result in higher job satisfaction and higher productivity. Our program is structured, and the assignments provide learning objectives that give students the opportunity to gain practical work in their chosen career field. To identify strengths and weaknesses, constructive feedback is given to students during performance evaluations. Job Duties: responsible for the identification, sourcing and pipelining of candidates for internal and external opportunities, locally and nationally with a focus on IT, Engineering, entry level skills; employ advanced Boolean search string techniques to navigate internal ATS as well as external sites; and participates in screening candidates, interview preps and debriefs and sourcing of consultants to fit the client’s needs as needed. General Knowledge, Skills and Abilities expected: working towards Bachelor’s degree in Business, Social Sciences or related field; oral communication skills - speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; interpersonal skills - maintains confidentiality and remains open to others ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things; written communications skills - edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively, and is able to read and interpret written information; and working knowledge of the Internet, MS Office to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. Some flexibility in scheduling is enabled for students. As an Intern, students will gain a realistic perspective of the working world in the sales field, which will help them make the right career choice. They will earn money while in school, doing work related to their field and gaining career experience. The on-the-job training students receive while learning the Epitec Delivery Process as an Intern can help them find future employment. The students introduce fresh perspectives to team members at our office, stimulating creative problem solving and assisting with special projects. We believe our Internship Program will help us build strong relationships with colleges and universities. Epitec’s Internship Program opens up the world of sales and management to students who have a passion for the sales/staffing industry, and influences how their dream can become reality! Submit resumes and cover letters to Cassaundra Reichart, Corporate Recruiter, Epitec, Inc., 24800 Denso Dr., Suite 150, Southfield, MI 48033 to firstname.lastname@example.org. This internship is available all semesters.
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: lwiggins@LighthouseOakland.org
Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC (“BSP”) is seeking a Communications Intern to assist with the firm’s annual charity golf and tennis outing—this is your chance to gain valuable event planning experience! BSP is a national woman-owned law firm of business-minded trial attorneys with a proven track record defending Fortune 500 clients in high-profile cases throughout the country. We are unique among law firms in that we are open and willing to explore nontraditional marketing and design concepts. This year’s outing will be held at Birmingham Country Club (“BCC”) on July 22nd. We are seeking a highly motivated, outgoing, hard-working team member. The intern’s duties will include, but are not limited to, creation of event binders, spreadsheets, solicit donations, liaison between the BCC and the BSP team, research, etc. The position requires proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and Constant Contact is preferred, but not mandatory. This is an unpaid but for-credit internship. Please email resumes and cover letters to Katie Schultz at email@example.com.
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 afterschool 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Services Intern: Assist in leadership and facilitation of an afterschool program/summer enrichment daycamp 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
939 The River is seeking interns! This internship is intended for students studying in any of the following fields: broadcasting, public relations, communications, or marketing. The main responsibility of the River Radio intern is to maintain the positive image and reputation of the station in all situations involving listeners, station clients, and the general public. Other responsibilities include: assisting with the setup and breakdown of station equipment, interacting with listeners, passing out station/client related material, and helping run contest and station promotions. This internship will get your foot in the door with the entertainment industry. You will have the opportunity to network, get experience for your resume, and get college credit. Please send resumes and cover letters to Sarah.Eatherly@939TheRiverRadio.com.
Marketing Communications Internship at
OpTech – Troy, MI.
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 to Deniella at email@example.com.
Psychopathic Records is seeking a video department intern. The video department works tirelessly to put out a steady stream of music videos, commercials, short spots and infomercials that have garnered attention nationwide. Interns in this position will be expected to help creatively plan, shoot and edit video projects in a timely fashion. Interested applicants should be organized, self motivated and educated in various video formats. They should have their own laptop and software to work on. Applicants also must be able to lift 50 lbs. to compensate for video equipment as well as have a reliable mode of transportation. Those interested in this internship should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychopathic Records is seeking a development intern. Psychopathic Records is constantly putting on events, churning out music videos, internet pay-per-views, streaming broadcasts, and much more. Intern of Psychopathic Records are expected to assist in all of these fields as tasks arise. It is a fast-paced and ever-changing company that will keep you on your toes, but witnessing a successful final product that is distributed worldwide makes the effort worth it. Tasks include, but are not limited to, music video pre-production, assisting with the overhaul of the radio station, creative writing, brainstorming and executing promotions, or presenting any other ideas that you feel will help with the success of the company. This position is what you make of it! Applicants must have a reliable mode of transportation. Those interested in this internship should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
The Buck and Coop Morning Show on 98.7 Amp Radio is seeking Oakland University interns. The Buck and Coop Morning Show is looking for their next intern. Are you a passionate, motivated college student who is interested in radio and broadcasting? If so, all you have to do is email Gillian Reilly, executive producer, Buck & Coop 98.7 Amp Radio, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and contact info. You MUST be able to get college credit for the Buck and Coop internship. If want the chance to be involved in a top-rated Detroit morning show and thrive in an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere then you are a candidate. For more information, see the 98.7 FM website.
Public Relations/Marketing Intern for the Village of Rochester Hills – The Village of Rochester Hills has several opportunities this upcoming year for students to get 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. Email your resume and cover letter immediately to Shelleen McHale, marketing director, at email@example.com with Fall, Winter, or Summer Intern(as applicable) in the subject line.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allied-THA is seeking communication and public relations majors interested in a career in the entertainment industry. Interns working with Allied are responsible for maintaining the flow of publicity breaks, extensive research for word-of-mouth screening campaigns, working with local media groups (radio, television, newspapers and online outlets) to pitch features and stories to gain publicity for upcoming film releases, assisting publicists to execute efficient promotions and garner publicity on all accounts, and creating grassroots programs through researching specific target audiences and creating partnerships with various organizations, retailers and appropriate third-party partners. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Margo Baetens at MBaetens@alliedtha.com. Students must be receiving college credit. Allied-THA 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 22 offices in the United States 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 from the entertainment, media and consumer brand industries. Some of their current clients include the theatrical and home entertainment divisions of companies including 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studio, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony and Universal, as well as television outlets such as TBS and TNT. Additionally, Allied recently has worked with consumer clients such as AMC Theatres, Comcast, Mattel and W Hotels. The company has developed a successful live theatre division that has worked on major theatrical shows including "Mamma Mia!," "Legally Blonde," "Billy Elliot," "Wicked" and "Hairspray" as well as spearheaded grand openings and other promotional/media activities for venues. More information about Allied can be found on the Allied-THA website.
Development Department Intern at Gilda's Club – Are you studying for a degree in business or communications? Do you have relevant experience in marketing, advertising or accounting? Are you looking to develop skills in nonprofit fundraising and individual engagement? If so, we have a terrific internship opportunity for you this summer. Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is offering an internship within its Development Department to assist in achieving the revenue goals of the organization. Interested individuals should possess excellent writing, research and interpersonal communication skills. As a member of the development team, the intern will provide support for a full range of activities, including on and offline donor communications, data entry, and special events planning. The intern will plan and attend special events (local), develop event templates, oversee personal fundraising pages, establish major donor files, review and update online donor review portals, assist social media efforts, follow up and respond to individual donor inquiries, update donor data in online donor portals, contacts data entry and management, monitor grant schedule and track results, assemble partner outreach packets, and other duties may be assigned. The candidate must have excellent writing, editing and research skills; creativity and a can-do attitude; superior communication and interpersonal skills; highest level of confidentiality and attention to detail; strong organization and time management skills; ability to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment; and strong analytical skills. Please note that internships are unpaid and you must be able to commit to approximately 15 hours per week. Schedule to be mutually agreed upon. College credit(s) can be earned. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please email the development director at email@example.com with a resume, cover letter and one reference.
The Greater Media Inc. Interactive Department is looking for interns for the Graphic Design and Interactive Programs. Internships will focus on content development and presentation for like-formatted groups of radio stations within the company and for inter-company platforms. Interns will gain first-hand experience creating, editing and presenting newsworthy material for web and social media sites related to the musical direction of each station's format. The initial group of stations will include: Classic Rock, Mainstream Rock and New Rock Stations. Greater Media Inc. is the parent company of 22 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States. Requirements include relevant work and educational (e.g. journalism, public relations or marketing) experience; knowledge of technology and related terminology is preferred; portfolio of writing or graphic design samples is preferred (articles, blog postings, press releases, social media posts, commercial); computer proficiency (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); skilled in using the Internet for research; understanding of how to write for and use social media tools including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare; excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge of basic journalistic principles and ethics desired; strong organizational and research skills; ability to work independently according to tight deadlines and to balance multiple assignments; punctual, proactive and resourceful work ethic; major in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism or related field; minimum three-days a week schedule that can be designed to fit around class schedule. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college, university or trade school. The internship must be a minimum of three months in duration and last no longer than six months. This is an unpaid internship. Interns must be receiving course credit for participation in the Greater Media internship program and must complete all university/college and Greater Media paperwork and waivers prior to beginning the internship. Please send cover letter, resume and writing samples to Greater Media Inc., Interactive Department, One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. To apply for the summer, please submit your application by Feb. 28, 2013; for the fall, submit by March 31, 2013; for the winter, submit by Oct. 31, 2013. 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 Internship Program – The goal of these internships is to provide student participants with a meaningful, multi-dimensional, “real-world” experience that will build upon their educational background and help build a foundation on which they can base a professional career. Tanner Friedman wants interns to learn and contribute with an opportunity to do both in a range of areas, including research, writing, media relations and client meetings. Interns must be enrolled college students earning class credit toward their college degree. Students seeking a degree in public relations – whether agency, corporate or nonprofit – are preferred; in particular those who have successfully completed a basic level of corresponding college course work. Desired skills and qualifications include, among the skills most important to any PR professional, good judgment, writing and overall communications skills, ability to think creatively, multitask and work effectively both individually and as part of a team. Tanner Friedman values mutual respect, collaboration, open and honest communication, client service and work/life balance. At all times, they adhere to a “we” not “me” mentality. Tanner Friedman is a strategic communications firm specializing in traditional and emerging media relations, adversity management and public relations counsel. They provide businesses, organizations, individuals and associations with relationships, resources and insights, using multiple platforms to deliver their messages, tell their stories and accomplish their objectives through strategic public and internal communications. The company earns respect and trust by upholding the highest professional standards. Start date is on or near the first day of the semester, negotiable. End date is on or near the last day of the semester, negotiable. Hours are 10-15 hours per week, depending upon the number of weeks scheduled to intern. The Tanner Friedman office is located at 32255 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 298, in Farmington Hills. One hour of college credit is earned for 40 hours of work. This is an unpaid internship. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Justin Fisette, intern coordinator, at email@example.com and Maggie Sisco at firstname.lastname@example.org. This internship accepts interns in the summer, fall and winter semesters. Please contact Justin or Maggie for due dates.
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 RLiebner@vfimkt.com.
The Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter – The foundation, based in Troy, seeks a public relations intern. The intern will gain experience in event planning in the nonprofit sector. He/she will be required to do small writing samples of public service announcements and press releases, solicit media for promotions, and help head up the Arthritis Run/Walks. This will include maintaining event logistics, acquiring in-kind donations and team recruitment. Other tasks could include travel, making phone calls and compiling/sorting databases. Multiple event attendance will be required. The internship is offered for credit only. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Laurie Rupp at email@example.com.
93.1 Doug-FM and 96.3 WDVD Promotions Department is seeking students who are looking to gain valuable “hands-on” experience in the field of public relations and radio broadcasting. If you are outgoing, dedicated and believe you have what it takes to be a success in the radio business, we want to hear from you! 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 also are assigned day-to-day office duties to learn how a radio station operates “behind the scenes." The Promotions Internship Program is open only to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The 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. For more information, contact Bill Hielscher at Bill.Hielscher@cumulus.com. Contact fax number: (313) 873-9290. This internship is available all semesters.
WXYZ Channel 7 seeks interns in news, sports, creative services, graphics, public affairs, public relations and programming every semester. If you are interested in a broadcasting internship, the communication program recommends (but does not require) that 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 WXYZ Channel 7 website.
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 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.
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 Amanda at Amanda@89xradio.com or mail to 30100 Telegraph, Ste. 460, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Detroit Media Partnership seeks a public relations/ marketing intern on an on-going basis. The intern will receive knowledge of how department promotes goodwill in the community and capitalizes on marketing opportunities for Detroit Media Partnership, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and Signature Media through events, sponsorships and other projects. The intern will receive mentoring from brand manager as programs and opportunities are evaluated and decisions are made as to which ones are most beneficial to pursue. May include revenue, expenses and benefits analysis of projects. The intern will receive instruction on and participate in details pertaining to an event/project (from concept to execution): Food, facility, decorations, databases, speakers, prizes, awards, volunteers, mailings, collateral materials, promotions ads, registrations, etc. All aspects of sponsorship programs including in-paper promotion, on-site coordination, third-party involvement, DMP exposure elements, newsroom possibilities and outside promotion will be explored. The intern will learn about and assist with planning, organizing and coordinating programs/events with community groups and nonprofits. Opportunities may exist to coordinate portions of existing marketing projects such as DFP Marathon, Money 101, Spelling Bee, Partnership for Humanity, consumer shows, travel shows, etc., as well as exhibits at various trade show and community events – may include displaying product, merchandise giveaways, selling subscriptions, etc. The intern will learn how the integrity of all brands is maintained. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in public relations, advertising, marketing or communications. Experience with events, sponsorships, marketing partnerships and/or promotional program is highly preferred. To apply, email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. This internship is unpaid and can be taken for credit, but not required to do so. Detroit Media Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.
Campbell-Ewald in Warren is looking for a media communications intern to join their team. Campbell-Ewald is the largest communications agency in Michigan and among the 10 largest in the United States. This is an amazing opportunity for students interested in public relations and media communications. The intern will assist media communication planners and buyers in developing, executing and stewarding plans and points-of-view; participate in brainstorming sessions; contribute new ideas across all media – traditional, digital and non-traditional; assist with analyzing the communication efforts of clients’ competitors; and perform other duties as assigned. Campbell-Ewald is looking for an intern who is fluent in Word, Excel and PowerPoint; possesses strong written and oral communication skills; exhibits a genuine interest in and passion for communications; displays a high level of effort; follows through on projects to successful completion; transfers knowledge from one project to the next; is both highly accurate and organized while also being a creative thinker; is punctual and regular in attendance; is flexible and adaptable to change; and is respectful of others and a collaborative team player. Interested students may submit a cover letter and resume, preferably via email, to Amy Wellington, human resources, at email@example.com. This internship is available every semester.
The internship program through Public Relations at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak. Beaumont is affiliated with one of the largest hospitals in the United States. As Beaumont positions itself to be one of the finest academic medical centers in the nation, the quality of its interns and the internship program should similarly reflect the organization’s goals. They are seeking one intern in public relations and another one in media relations. Both should possess strong, proven writing skills; a professional demeanor and willingness to learn; ability to take and implement constructive criticism; and strong skills in MS Office, Internet searches and research, and social media. Please send your resume and cover letter, along with two to three writing samples from past internships, school projects, etc., to Rebecca Calappi at RCalappi@beaumonthospitals.com. Beaumont is seeking interns all semesters.
The internship program through Community Affairs at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak/Troy. The community affairs intern is involved in planning community events, updating information on the political community, arranging speakers bureau presentations, and more. The web marketing intern will assist with developing and implementing web marketing plans, including creation of content and design, web applications and programs. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Darlene Niksic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beaumont is seeking interns all semesters.
Special Olympics Michigan is seeking two development and public relations interns at the Southeast Office in Auburn Hills. 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 Jim Adams at email@example.com.
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
- Sales & Marketing
- Event Planning
- Radio Broadcasting
- Radio Production
- Television Broadcasting
- Television Production
- Grant Writing
- HR/Employment Services
Suggestions for communication majors:
Below are suggestions for career preparation:
- 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.
- Once your resume and cover letter have been reviewed by Career Services, create a professional network through a LinkedIn account, consider creating an online portfolio, and start applying for jobs in January of your senior year.
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