Test the waters in all aspects of communications — magazine writing, press releases, photography, social media, websites, blogs and more — with Iowa’s leading natural conservation organization.
Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation this fall as a communications intern. You’ll be working on media projects to help promote INHF’s work and mission. Applications are due Friday, August 5.
The communications intern writes news releases and magazine articles about INHF projects, assists with special events (like our annual Hagie Heritage Award), writes blog posts, updates our website and social media, and much more. Depending on organizational needs and intern skills, he/she may also assist with public events, photography and occasional graphic design.
This position usually goes to journalism majors (news, PR, etc.), and strong writing skills are required. Applicants should also have taken some key writing classes (like news writing and/or magazine writing) and have writing experience at a college publication and/or previous internship. Applicants would ideally have an interest in conservation public policy or a willingness to learn more about it.
We’re looking for students who are
- Attentive to detail.
- Flexible and capable of working on multiple projects with varying deadlines.
- Comfortable working on a team.
- Organized and manage time well.
There is a preference for applicants who can take the position for more than one semester, but one-semester applicants are also considered. Communications interns work in our downtown Des Moines office and must have their own transportation to and from work. The intern should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours/week during the spring and fall semesters and 35-40 hours/week during the summer. This a paid position at $9.50/hour.
The application deadline for the fall 2016 communications internship is Friday, August 5.
To apply for the internship, please email Kerri Sorrell the following:
- A one-page cover letter
- 4-6 writing samples (published clips are ideal, but classroom work is also accepted)
- A copy (official or unoffical) of your transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation, with at least one being written by a professor in your major. The letters may be included in your application or sent separately by the writer. Include reference contact information.
Feel free to call or email in advance if you have questions.
Kerri Sorrell, Communications Specialist
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 444
Des Moines, IA 50309-2321
Phone: 515-288-1846, ext. 24
NOTE to ISU journalism students: Because this position is generally 12-15 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters, it will not fulfill your full 400-hour requirement in just one semester. If 400 hours is important to you, you should apply for both fall and spring semesters (and/or for the summer). If in doubt about whether or not you’ll get enough hours to meet your requirements, please contact INHF staff now so we can talk through the options and let you know if we can offer enough hours to make it worth your trouble to apply.