Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Event Planner Internship, Des Moines

The Iowa Newspaper Association has an exciting opportunity for an experienced part-time Event Planner for our Foundation. This paid internship position is responsible for the coordination of INF training programs, INF Better Newspaper Contest, board meetings and the INA Annual Convention & Trade Show. Qualified candidates must be highly organized with great communication skills and be proficient in MS Office and have some experience with InDesign.

Des Moines, Iowa

Employer: Iowa Newspaper Association
Name: Ms. Tracy Shay
Title: Business Manager
Phone: 515-244-2145
Fax: 515-244-4855
Address: 319 E. 5th Street
Des Moines, IA
50309 United States

Student Press Law Center Internship

The Student Press Law Center is now recruiting for the Fall 2012 internship term.

SPLC journalism interns work full-time in its D.C.-area office reporting breaking news for the website and longer-term features for SPLC Report magazine. We welcome those with an interest in multimedia, as we are always looking for ways to liven up the website with visuals. Recent alumni of the SPLC intern program have full-time jobs at The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, POLITICO and many other first-rate media outlets. and the internship is especially valuable to anyone who may be considering law school.

For the first time, we are adding this year a "social media" internship for a person whose interests may include the "outreach" side of working in a nonprofit. Responsibilities will include building and managing a presence for the SPLC across multiple social media platforms and otherwise assisting with organization-building and outreach duties.

We do pay a $3,500-per-semester stipend, which (while not as much as we'd like) is at least enough to cover housing expenses in the D.C. area. We would also consider a part-time internship for a D.C.-area college student who can work around college coursework.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the sooner the better -- details about how to apply are here on the SPLC website:

Many thanks,

Frank D. LoMonte, Esq.
Executive Director
Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100
Arlington, VA  22209-2211

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Marketing Internship, Indianola, Iowa

Marketing Internship, Westview Care Center, Indianola, Iowa
Westview Care Center of Indianola is looking for a summer intern to work in the marketing department. This unpaid internship will require the student to work closely with the care center’s marketing coordinator, in addition to other staff as needed, such as the administrator, home care coordinator and activity director. 
Duties will include assisting the marketing coordinator with public relations and development of communication tools. This may include writing articles for the monthly newsletter, designing flyers, assembling welcome bags for new residents, creating e-mail communications and distribution lists, and event planning, such as assisting in booth design and set-up for fairs. The position may also include job shadowing the marketing coordinator for in-person visits to other care centers, doctors’ offices and other referral sources to distribute brochures and market the care center’s services.
We are looking for a student in communications or marketing with some graphic design experience, a willingness to learn about marketing in the long-term care and health care industry, and someone with high ethical standards with the ability to uphold the privacy rights of patients/clients.
Interested students may e-mail a resume or personal information and cover letter to Emily Roush, Westview Care Center Marketing Coordinator, at

Staff Writer, The Nevada (Iowa) Journal

Staff Writer. 
The Nevada Journal/Tri-County Times newspaper office is seeking a full-time staff writer to write stories, take photos, help with newspaper layout and assist in other tasks associated with putting out newspapers, both print and online. 
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a writing-related area, but anyone with writing experience is encouraged to apply. 
Please note that hours for this job do not always fall into an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. time frame. There will be evening meetings and occasional weekend events to cover. If you are interested, please e-mail a resume to Marlys Barker, editor, at:, or mail to: Nevada Journal, 1125 Sixth St., Nevada, IA 50201. Deadline for applications is May 28.

Journalist, Charles City, Iowa


The Charles City Press, a daily community newspaper, is looking for a multi-talented individual to assist in several departments. We are looking for a special sections writer with page layout and graphic
design/composition experience as well as Mac-based IT knowledge.
Responsibilities would include but are not limited to: Writing for and layout of special sections; Light  regular news/feature writing, an interest in sports coverage would be a plus; experience covering council or other board meetings; proof reading; page layout; some ad composition. Mac computer experience with a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXPress is a must.
Full time position with health, life, 401K, vacation, etc. Salary commensurate with experience. Interested individuals should send resume and cover letter to: Gene Hall, President; Charles City Press 801 Riverside Drive, Charles City, Iowa 50616.

Copy Editor, Dubuque, Iowa

Copy Editor. 
The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, is looking for a Copy Editor to join its Editorial Department. Responsibilities include selecting, editing and designing page content for both print and online while meeting page flow deadlines. 
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and three years of experience in a newspaper setting are 
preferred. Qualified candidates must have familiarity with current events and history and the ability to grasp and adapt to new technology. 
Typical hours: 4 p.m. to midnight, some weekends. 
The Telegraph Herald is a majority employee owned company.  Full time benefits include competitive salary, employee stock ownership plan, 401(k), vacation/holiday pay, insurance and continuing education assistance. 
If you want to work for an employee/family-owned, award-winning newspaper, please apply online at:
The Telegraph Herald, a division of Woodward Communications, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

City Reporter, Ames, Iowa

City reporter. 

The Ames Tribune is looking for an experienced hard-news reporter who also enjoys feature writing. On the city beat, this reporter will cover the cities of Ames and Gilbert, including city council, utilities, city services and issues, plus features and profiles. 

Applicants should have at least two years of solid experience in a fast-paced daily news environment, and must possess a desire to develop our coverage in these core areas. Experience with multimedia and social media is a plus; willingness to work in the digital world is a must. 

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, five work samples and references to Tribune Editor Alexandra Hayne,

Postal mail can be sent to the Ames Tribune, 317 Fifth St., Ames, IA, 50010. No phone calls, please. The Ames Tribune is an equal opportunity employer. Pre-employment drug testing is required. The Ames Tribune is part of Stephens Media Iowa.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The cover letter will make you ... or kill you

My friend Tim Stephens serves as the executive sports editor (or some version of that title) for the Orlando Sentinel and the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. Here's a bit of advice from him regarding the cover letters he expects to see rolling in:
I could write a lot about that, but I think Tim says it succinctly and directly enough.

If you want a job, do your research. And be accurate.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two positions: Social Media Maven and Market Researcher

A new joint venture is forming to create a kids' brand for unique videogames and virtual toys. We are seeking savvy, highly-motivated people to join our team of experienced game developers in building the kind of brand that has the same recognition as Dr. Seuss. Please note, along with the rest of the team, you will be working on a profit share basis.

We want to start by building experimental microgames for iOS devices. The overall concept is art + poetry + silly + kids. Watch this video and imagine - not literally but conceptually - each one of those experiments as a very small whimsical toy-like app:

Like the experiments in finding interesting sounds above, the goal here is to experiment on a small scale to develop an understanding of what makes videogames more meaningful, while still engaging kids.

There are two roles we need help with, which could potentially be accomplished by one rock star:

Social Media Maven
Our social media will be some combination of a blog development diary with writing and quality photos, DIY crafting posts (e.g. building your own toy xylophone with cardboard tubes), and sharing interesting links & stories. The ideal candidate will be passionate about indie games, a good writer, and have an eye for photography.

Market Researcher & Press Friend-Maker
We need to find out who would buy these and how to reach them. And then we need to make friends with the press to reach them. We have a couple assumptions, but they need to be tested. The ideal candidate will be passionate about indie games, a savvy researcher, and someone who really enjoys making friends.

Exceptional students seeking an internship are welcome to apply, but you should understand that this will be both more challenging and more rewarding than your typical internship.

To apply or for more information, email

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Public Affairs Assistant Internship

Summer Internship
Public Affairs Assistant
Deadline: May 11, 2012


This position serves as assistant to the National Volunteer Coordinator and Iowa State Public Affairs Specialist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The incumbent assists in the development, coordination and implementation of public affairs programs.  The incumbent works directly with individuals and NRCS staff at all levels, agricultural and environmental organizations and others to promote the services offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  


  • Assists in developing plans for information program and projects.  Obtains basic information and develops specific subject matter.
  • Organizes information materials and equipment available in such a manner that it is easily accessible to those who need it.  Assists staff in identifying and developing materials that has strong national adaptability.
  • Assists with the coordination and service requests for assistance in developing feature articles, brochures, exhibits, TV and radio presentation and other information activities.  
  • Assists with drafting news releases and stories for review by the team lead and Iowa State Public Affairs Specialist.  
  • Assists with drafting pamphlets and brochures from information furnished by staff members that are designed primarily to further and promote the Agency.  
  • Prepares and assist in the preparation of special reports and exhibits for use in information programs.  
  • Assists in planning the visual aspects of publications, exhibits, or presentations.  This may include photographic slides, overhead transparencies, posters, brochures, manuals, etc.  Obtains and selects photos, illustrations or other visual materials as necessary.  
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Actively supports the civil rights program and communicates this support to colleagues.  Ensures equality in all activities and assigned program functions and provides program assistance to individuals, groups, and the general public without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.


Knowledge Required by the Position

  • Knowledge of the practices and techniques of oral communication in developing briefings to newspapers, radio and television stations.  
  • Skill in drafting news releases and feature articles for publication using established written communication principles, methods, techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Knowledge of a variety of principles, methods, techniques, and materials of visual design and the use of common art media to plan, produce and reproduce aesthetically composed visual products in a timely manner.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with interested groups and organizations in order to promote conservation.
  • Ability to develop and present oral and written materials that can be used nationally to stimulate voluntary public participation in conservation.
  • Ability to interact with government officials, vendors, and suppliers in order to coordinate activities and services.

Supervisory Controls
The position is supervised by the National Volunteer Coordinator and the Iowa State Public Affairs Specialist.  The supervisors make assignments by establishing program objectives, priorities and time-frames for completion of projects and assists incumbent in interpreting and adapting policies as they relate to assignments.

Incumbent plans and carries out the development and implementation processes of informational and promotional materials, resolving problems or deviation encountered in accordance with instructions and policies.  Completed work is reviewed for accuracy, completeness, compliance with established policies and appropriateness developed by the incumbent.

Guidelines are available in the form of policies, directives, and precedent situations and information campaigns, which directly apply to some aspects of the assignments and projects.  

Incumbent assists in the planning and development of processes that will be utilized to insure that the highest level of customer service is achieved.  Decisions require the analysis of events, objectives and program activities in identifying the most appropriate audiences, understanding the characteristics of the customers/groups and assisting in the design of informational packets to assure effective communications with customers.

Scope and Effect
The purpose of the work is to inform various publics on a variety of services and programs offered, and obtain public support for agency programs.

Personal Contacts
Contacts are with NRCS personnel at all levels, other federal agencies, state governments, nonprofit organizations, private sector organizations and groups and representatives of the news media.

Purpose of Contacts
Contacts with agency officials, other federal, state, and private organizations are for the purpose of exchanging information, arranging interviews, etc.  Public contacts are to answer questions, etc.

Physical Demands
Work is normally performed in an office setting at a desk or computer work station, in meetings, etc.  Position requires some walking and standing as well as lifting moderately heavy (40 pounds) packages, pouches and bags.

Work Environment
Work is generally performed in an office setting.  Occasional trips may include some walking over rugged terrain or exposure to inclement weather.

To apply, download the application. The deadline is May 11, 2012.

Web content internship, Des Moines

Web Content Intern


Company is looking for a qualified intern to assist in writing, editing, researching content and posting accurate and timely content on the endurance sports focused website. 


  • Research information on upcoming midwest events
  • Write, edit and post web-based articles on upcoming events, recaps of past events and other features as deemed appropriate. 
  • Update event online calendar to ensure accuracy on a weekly basis
  • Update event results listings on a weekly basis
  • Assist in further research and development of website design and features
  • Other possibilities include video and photography production and editing
  • Writing and photography for Iowa based sports magazine is also a possibility

Hours: 5-10 hours/week, on average. Very flexible hours. Can work from home. 
Travel: Some travel may be necessary to local events, but the majority of work can be completed via computer and submitted online.
Equipment needed: Intern must have access to computer with internet capabilities. A quality DSLR camera and/or video camera helpful, but not required. 


Company is looking for an undergraduate student in central Iowa. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with knowledge of Web and social media. Photography and videography skills a plus. 


Communication, Journalism, Marketing, or related field

Dave Mable,
Iowa Momentum Endurance Sports Magazine