Internships with the Harkin Institute

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is seeking one or more qualified students for Public Policy Administrative and Event Planning Student Assistant positions.


Monitoring and researching media coverage, public policy issues, and programs. Creating summaries, analysis, or design work related to this research.

Participating in creative brainstorming sessions.

Attending meetings and events with various stakeholders. Executing marketing activities for events and programing.

Writing, editing, and distributing a wide variety of PR materials, including press releases, social media, calendar listings and letters.

Designing posters, programs, and other print materials for Harkin Institute events and social media.

Assist with event planning.

Administrative duties associated with data and event management. Benefits:

You can create a flexible work schedule that complements your school obligations while working directly with three experienced public policy professionals and dynamic events to learn the inner workings of a public policy institute, public policy issues, and event planning.


Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (very proficient in MS Word and Excel). Knowledge of any or all of the following is desired: design and designsoftware, web design, social media strategies, digital photography, and video.

Fearless attribute towards technology and a willingness to learn. Successful applicants will be able to work creatively and independently. Professional, friendly demeanor.

Punctual, detail oriented, highly-organized problem solver.

Applications Accepted Until:

November 13, 2014

Contact Information

Estelle Montgomery

Assistant Director

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement

2429 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311



Interested students should submit a resume, contact information for a Drake professor reference, and a response to one of the two scenarios below to by 6 p.m. on November 12.

Scenario 1

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, will give an evening lecture in Sussman Theater on December 10. What marketing and promotional techniques would you use to ensure a large student population attendance? Be specific about tools and approaches.

Considerations for your plan:

  1. This has the unique challenge of being a weekday night during final What would you do or say different in your promotional plan than a non-finals week to help make this a priority or must-attend event.

2.Students are inundated with emails. How would you reach them in non- email ways and generate excitement? You can research Charlie Cook and offer content suggestions to help your promotions for the lecture as part of plan.

3.You can suggest other day-of-activities or pre-lecture activities as part of your promotional plan.

Scenario 2

Create an infographic using data from this publication:

Social media intern (Drake University Communications)

The Office of University Communications is seeking a social media intern to assist the Digital Media Specialist during the spring semester in 2015 (with training hours occurring in fall semester, 2014).
Candidate will assist specialist on implementing social media strategy across platforms where the Drake University brand is represented. This position will assist in daily social media coverage, and implementing strategy to promote Drake Relays the All In 24-hour giving campaign.
Tasks will include:
  • Social media monitoring
  • Social media strategy (content planning)
  • Implementation of social strategy (Scheduling tweets and Facebook posts).
  • Other tasks as assigned
The ideal candidate would demonstrate a passion for social media and a general understanding of the Drake University brand. Knowledge in PR writing is beneficial.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to by Friday, Nov. 7. All candidates will be notified of the decision by December 2. This is a paid position.

Iowa Legal Aid looking for video volunteer

Iowa Legal Aid, which offers free legal advice for low-income Iowans, is looking for a videographer to help produce videos to enhance online training for its volunteers. Legal Aid staff will provide the scripts and actors. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Jasmina Popaja, volunteer service project manager, at 243-1198 or

Drake Athletics seeks communications interns

Drake Athletics is looking for students to help with communications. The position includes work of 20 hours/week at $9/hour. Students would help with game day operations (pre-game and post-game press conference obligations), file stories and stats, and may have an opportunity to travel with the teams on away games. Students could start immediately.

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter to and cc:

Public affairs internship at Strategic Elements (West Des Moines, IA)

Strategic Elements is a multi-client public affairs firm based in West Des Moines with an immediate opening for part-time intern in the field of public affairs, communication or marketing to assist with a variety of client-related support services. Scope of work includes: tracking media results; webpage content management and updates; social media; client reports; and market, public policy research.

Applicants should possess solid oral and written communication skills, data management skills, strong work ethic, ability to work independently and collaborate with others. Background in politics or government affairs a plus. In addition, the intern will assist with all business activities, including legislative and regulatory research. Candidates with strong attention to detail and organizational skills desired.

This position begins immediately and hours are negotiable, with a minimum 15 hours weekly; it is a paid position (previous experience a consideration).

Qualifications: Applicants should have strong interest in public policy and issue advocacy campaigns. Marketing, journalism or political science majors a plus.

Cover letter and resume may be submitted to:

Videographer needed for short term project

Local community education instructor seeks a videographer to document a class in West Des Moines each Tuesday in October from 1-3 p.m. Compensation is $100 for a total of 8 hours videotaping.

If interested contact ASAP:

Craig Cronbaugh
Director, Legislative Information Office
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, IA  50319 or 515.281.8817