INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR MASS COMMUNICATIONS MAJORS

The USF Muma College of Business Dean’s Office is seeking interns for the spring 2020 semester.  With registration around the corner, now is the time to apply as we prefer students earn course credit through the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications.  Marketing students enrolled in the Marketing Practicum course are also encouraged to apply.

We may be biased, but we think this is one of the best internship experiences for marketing, PR, journalism or advertising students. 

  • You will be part of a team but you will direct yourself when it comes to your parts of a project. 
  • You will get to put skills you have now into play while you learn new ones – such as how to send email blasts, how to pull and decipher metrics used to evaluate PR efforts, and how to implement special events. 
  • You will be able to contribute ideas while working on some established projects that prior interns have already launched and made successful (so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel).

ABOUT THE COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP AT USF MUMA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

The interns work in the USF Muma College of Business Dean’s Office, serving as a regular team member for the 3.5-person staff who handle the business school’s newsletter, special events, marketing, and public relations projects – along with a million other things.

Interns typically work a minimum of 10 hours per week (24 hours per week for those seeking three credit hours – which we prefer!).  Work hours vary but are typically during the 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. time frame, though some projects can be done at the intern’s home, after hours, on the sofa, while watching American Horror Story.

Some examples of projects that the spring interns handle:

  • Help plan an event featuring a nationally known speaker as we kick off the Thought Leaders Series.  Tasks will range from clerical (we all stuff nametags) to bigger picture (how to promote the event on social media to day-of-event tasks (yes, interns will staff the check in table, help set up, and help clean up after the event).  Interns may assist with the creation of supplemental materials (handouts, imagery for event signage, scripting).  All will be done under the supervision of college staff.
  • Create a promotional campaign for the 25 Under 25 program targeting current USF business majors – and implementing the campaign in order to get a minimum of 125 applications.  This means interns will make presentations to fraternities and sororities on the weekend, visit larger classes to promote the program, etc.  Interns will create flyers, post banners, send out email blasts – and do whatever other ideas are included on the intern-created promotional plan.
  • Plan and implement the recognition event for the 25 Under 25 program, which is typically held at Busch Gardens.  Interns help write the script and completely handle set up and most of the logistics for the special event.
  • Once the 25 honorees for the 25 Under 25 campaign have been selected, write at least seven of the 25 bios for the students and schedule photo shoots, video shoots, etc.  Interns help with a social media campaign to garner votes for the “most remarkable” honoree, aiming for 30,000+ pageviews for the profiles (the most important part of the project).  Interns update display cases to showcase the newly selected honorees.  Interns with videography skills may be invited to shoot the videos for the project.
  • Reach out to prior honorees to update the “where are they now” pages and, using InDesign, produce the 25 Under 25 booklets.  This means making a LOT of phone calls and sending out lots of emails.
  • We have a video wall in the college now; interns with experience producing videos will have an opportunity to contribute content and help manage the wall.  This would be a terrific opportunity for telecommunications students! 
  • There are several smaller special events that interns will help with:  an open house for the Bulls Business Community to help recruit top performing high schoolers (interns help with the direct mail and email efforts, as well as the actual event).  Other events might include the Intercollegiate Case Competition or graduation receptions.
  • Write at least three stories for the college’s general newsletter and/or the website.
  • Other duties as assigned, likely “one-off” projects where intern will handle HTML email blasts, design/distribute event invitations, help plan Executive Advisory Council meetings, or help proofread scripts and printed collaterals for lots of events.

Specific projects are assigned once the full internship team has been brought on board each semester. 

WHAT YOU GET FROM THIS INTERNSHIP

This is an unpaid internship but that doesn’t mean you walk away empty-handed.  We guarantee that our interns leave with valuable new skills that will help them land a job. We work (almost) as hard as the interns to make sure that you have portfolio items and metrics that you can use to showcase how your work impacted project results.

Because we are located in the Dean’s Office, students selected for this opportunity have many opportunities to build their network and to meet influential business and community leaders.  

Other bonuses: attire is (most days) business casual (no jeans, no shorts).  The office is near the Dean’s Office kitchen, where all the leftover food from lunch meetings seems to head – meaning interns frequently enjoy free lunch! Few internships will work around your class schedule more than this one will.  You won’t have to worry about driving downtown or paying for parking because we are located on campus, in BSN 201. 

WHO DO WE WANT AND HOW DO YOU APPLY?

We want interns who like being part of a team.  We prefer interns who are juniors or seniors (but will consider sophomores who are go-getters!).  We like interns who have a sense of humor (but know when it is time to be serious and just get the work done). Our favorite interns have been those who asked for direction on a project and then did it – coming back to ask questions or to clarify things but not waiting to be told exactly what to do and when. 

We are not micromanagers.  Our office is noisy and is often crowded.  Our “to do” list never ends.  Seriously.  Ask any prior intern.

We share this because we believe that our interns should know a few things coming in:

  • If you like a quiet, orderly workspace, this might not be the internship for you. 
  • If you always tackle Step A, then Step B, and would never-ever move on to Step C while you are waiting for elements needed to finish the first two parts, then this internship is probably not for you.
  • If you want someone to tell you exactly what to do when you arrive in the morning and to have your tasks for the day all lined up before you arrive, then you probably would not enjoy this opportunity.

However, if you relish being able to take big chunks of a project and make it your own, then this this might be the perfect internship for you.  If you like contributing ideas that might make a project more successful (or run more smoothly), then this could be a great fit. If you are comfortable multi-tasking but you know when you have to plow through dreaded chores because the deadline is looming, this could be the internship you dream about landing.  If you like to write (and know that editors make your writing better) then this is the internship for you!

For the spring semester, we would ideally have 1-2 marketing students and 1-2 mass communications majors join us.  It would be terrific to have at least one telecommunications student on the team, too.  Last spring, we had seven interns.  That was too many.  We will select a maximum of five interns.  This means you must set yourself apart from your peers.  We are not as concerned with the amount of experience you have had thus far (an internship is to help you get experience, right?).  We are more interested in your willingness to learn, your fit with the larger team, and your understanding of what we offer as well as what we need – and the fit between the two.

To apply:  send a well-written cover letter and résumé to Lorie Briggs, lbriggs@usf.edu.  Résumés submitted without cover letters are rarely considered.

Last spring, we had seven interns.  That was too many.  We will select a maximum of five interns.  This means you must set yourself apart from your peers with an error-free cover letter and resume.  We are not as concerned with the amount of experience you have had thus far (an internship is to help you get experience, right?).  We are more interested in your willingness to learn, your ability to work independently AND your willingness to be part of the larger team project.

Applications will be accepted until December 2 for internships that begin in January.  Applying early is to your advantage:  candidates who apply early will be interviewed early (meaning the slots could be full if you wait until December to apply).

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING INTERNSHIP – SPRING 2020

Company: City of Tampa, Marketing & Communications Division

Office Address: 306 East Jackson Street – Tampa, FL 33602

Website: www.tampagov.net

Internship Supervisor: Jeremy Rex, Senior Graphic Artist & Digital Strategist

Contact Phone: (813) 274-8821

Contact email: Jeremy.rex@tampagov.net

Job description:

The City of Tampa is looking for a talented and creative Social Media Marketing Intern to assist the Marketing & Communications team in developing and implementing original content on the City’s social media platforms.  The intern will play an active role in maintaining and monitoring the City’s accounts, while helping to create new and innovative strategies to broaden the reach of their current social media platforms.

The City of Tampa currently has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, with over 275,000 followers.  Their strategic goals for social media are to promote the area and its amenities, provide customer service and guidance to those who need it, educate residents and visitors on programs, initiatives and services available to them and alert the public during emergency situations.

Candidate should maintain a positive attitude under pressure, exhibit a strong work ethic and enjoy taking on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. This internship will benefit someone who is interested in marketing, community relations, education, and audience development.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft and post content for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in a timely manner
  • Utilize the City’s Social Media Content Calendar to strategically schedule future content
  • Perform research to find content relevant to the City’s goals as stated above
  • Develop a social media marketing campaign to increase the City’s followers
  • Schedule Snapchat Geofilters for upcoming events and/or programs
  • Track analytics for all social media platforms and report on plans or strategies to optimize reach
  • Create graphics for use on social media with Adobe Photoshop, Canva or similar program

Other opportunities based on availability:

  • Host a weekly Instagram or Snapchat story centered around a different topic based on current events
  • Take photographs and video to be used on social media, the website, or in the Mayor’s Weekly View eNewsletter
  • Operate Facebook Live and/or Instagram Live at community events with the Mayor

Requirements:

  • Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with mainstream social media platforms
  • Experience with Google Drive and basic photo-editing software. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign a plus.
  • Available to work a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Must pass a background check and drug screening
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Compensation:

This internship opportunity is unpaid.  Student seeking credit hours for internship is preferred, but not required.

To apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jeremy Rex at jeremy.rex@tampagov.net. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2019.

American Heart Association Creative Internship

The American Heart Association Creative and Digital Strategies director is seeking an intern for the summer 2019 semester. This internship is a great learning experience for students looking for employment in digital strategies, video production and design. 

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization with a mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. 

Description of primary duties

  • Sort and organize affiliate photo and video libraries on SharePoint
  • Research and gather information for social media content kits
  • Create video content for social media
  • Create design materials for affiliate initiatives (i.e. Project: Community info sheets)
  • Help with weekly e-newsletter

Qualifications

  • Social media savvy
  • Strong writer
  • Proficient in video editing in Adobe Creative Cloud programs or other programs
  • Proficient in design in Adobe Creative Cloud programs
  • Knowledgeable in design and video best practices
  • Outgoing, hardworking, punctual

Please email resumes to Sofia Simancas :  Sofia.Simancas@heart.org

American Heart Association: Communications and Public Relations Internship

The American Heart Association’s Tampa Bay Communications and Marketing Director is seeking an intern for the Fall 2019 semester. This internship is a great learning experience for students looking for employment in public relations, marketing or community relations.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization with a mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. 

Description of primary duties

  • Create local social media content for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Create promotional materials for local events
  • Coordinate resources for local events
  • Attend events and assist the Communications
  • Plan and conduct visits with local media outlets
  • Attend interviews at local media outlets
  • Write blog posts about heart health
  • Copy writing
  • Run nearby errands (stores and media outlets) to drop off and pick up communications materials
  • Create colorful ROI documents to present to media sponsors
  • Media tracking and reporting
  • Assembling media kits
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Strong writer
  • Social media savvy
  • Some skill/interest in photography
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Outgoing, hardworking, punctual

Please email resumes or letters of interest to Kelley Riedy, Director of Communications and Marketing, at Kelley.Riedy@heart.org.

Moffitt Cancer Center: Public Relations Internship

Do you love writing? Do you like to have fun? Do you want to join a creative, dynamic team that’s making a difference in the fight against cancer? If you answered yes, you may be the next intern in Public Relations & Strategic Communication Department at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Work Responsibilities and Projects:

Media
• Draft basic public relations materials including, news releases, media alerts, fact
• sheets, appeal letters, and other materials as directed
• Meet with faculty to discuss and develop proactive pitching ideas
• Create reports on media coverage
• Send newsworthy items to appropriate Moffitt physicians, researchers, administrators and staff
• Coordinate logistics for video and photo shoots
• Compile and update media contact databases

Publications
• Research and draft articles for Moffitt publications
• Develop social media content to promote Moffitt publications

Digital Media
• Update MOFFITT.org website
• Monitor and engage in Moffitt’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest)
• Assist with video shoots

Community Relations
• Assist with the promotion of community relations outreach and events
• Support the development and execution of community relations events

Apply Now
This unpaid internship (approximately 20 hours per week) is open to college students. Applicants should have completed coursework in public relations, journalism and/or communications. Prior internships in public relations or journalism are a plus. Please email your résumé, cover letter and writing samples to:

Kim Polacek, APR, CPRC
Senior Public Relations Account Coordinator
Moffitt Cancer Center
Kim.Polacek@Moffitt.org
813-745-7408

Moffitt Cancer Center: Photography Internship

Hours
Flexible pending student schedule (anytime Mon-Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with possible evening and/or weekend shoots).

Goals

  1. Learn more about studio / location photography
    o Implementation of photo archiving
    o Assist photographer with scheduled shoots
    o Setup and breakdown of equipment
    o Coordination of photo shoots
    o Gain experience using industry standard DSLR cameras in the production process of capturing and editing images
  2. Increase your understanding of multimedia integration using photography
    o Collaborate with team members on creating visual content for various publications
  3. Develop editing and shooting skills
    o Assist with editing photos using Adobe CC
    o Learn different lighting techniques
  4. Receive college credit if needed for internship
    o Compile ePortfolio of work

Experience
Community Relations
• Support special events by assisting with equipment setup, interviews and photography for social media
Communications
• Assist with coordination of photo production
• Assist with delivering high-quality content for various output mediums
Photography
• Assist with photo archiving
• Assist with organization / file-tagging of photo library
• Help with editing headshots

Required skills
• Adobe CC
• Microsoft Office

Send resume, cover letter and link to demo reel to Lizette.Robles@Moffitt.org.

Application deadline for Spring 2020 semester is Nov. 15, 2019