Marketing Communications Internship, Summer 2019; Principal Financial Group

A Marketing Communications Intern is interested in engaging customers through content marketing and a mix of content types. They are interested in omni-channel marketing, personalized experiences and delivering the right message at the right time in a buyer’s journey. They are curious and knowledgeable about current marketing trends.

Specifically, this position will be a part of our direct-to-consumer marketing team focusing on selling individual retirement accounts. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to leverage Principal’s enterprise expertise.


Basic Qualifications

  • Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or a related field
  • Be available to work 40 hours/week for Summer 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Have at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, creativity, organizational skills, and ability to work well on a team
  • Involvement with related student organizations or within the community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in an internship in a related field
  • Leadership initiative taken within previous internships, student organizations, or within the communit

Interview Details:

We anticipate department level interview for this role occurring in January 2019.

More information and to apply here


Spring PR intern, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is recruiting a George Washington Carver PR Intern for Spring 2019.
The duties for this position are included below and can also be found here:
  • Writing and editing press releases, articles, newsletters and other information
  • Researching and developing targeted media lists
  • Outreach to local, national and international media
  • Marketing and promoting World Food Prize events
  • Website content and design
  • Scheduling and updating social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
More information about the George Washington Carver Internship can also be found at  

Research assistant, SJMC centennial exhibit

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is looking for a qualified student to conduct research and work with Cowles Library archivists to create an exhibit on the history of the SJMC. The School will celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Drake in 2019-2020, and centennial events will begin with an exhibit and event in Cowles this spring.

The student research assistant will conduct research using SJMC and library  materials to create a timeline of important events in the history of the School; identify and write a narrative to illustrate the School’s story; help University archivists create the display, and work with the dean to organize and publicize the public event to accompany the exhibit. The research assistant will be paid $9/hour and work with SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson as well as Cowles librarians. Doing the project as an academic independent study for credit is also a possibility.

The qualified student will have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently as well as with others in order to complete this important project. Attention to detail is a must, along with strong writing and editing skills. Design and multimedia skills would be a plus to help with the display.

To apply, please send a resume and brief explanation about why you are interested in and qualified to work on this project to Dean Kathleen Richardson at


Operations assistant, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind

TITLE: Operations Assistant

SUMMARY: The Operations Assistant will ensure continuous delivery of Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) programming, maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture, support daily administrative functions and promote awareness for IRIS.


45% Programming:
Ensure continuous delivery of IRIS programming by:

  • Monitoring the IRIS signal in all forms – broadcast, internet and DTV.
  • Preparing reading materials and studios for volunteer readers.
  • Reading On-Air and recording content as needed.
  • Managing and distributing On-Air announcements.
  • Monitoring equipment to ensure optimal sound quality, balance and volume.
  • Editing programs to exact time and optimal sound quality and volume.
  • Uploading completed programs for broadcast and podcast pages.
  • Updating automation schedule as needed.
  • Downloading programs from approved sources and preparing them for air.
  • Identifying, reporting and troubleshooting issues with IRIS broadcast and internet signals.
  • Preparing receivers for proper distribution thru delivery, post office or other means.
  • Processing receiver returns and managing the receiver inventory.
  • Maintaining a current and accurate database of listeners and all relevant information.
  • Testing and/or setting up Audio Description at venues as requested.

40% Volunteer Management:
Maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture by:

  • Recruiting, training, welcoming and supporting new and current volunteers.
  • Managing regular communications about scheduling and openings with volunteer teams.
  • Communicating volunteer shift vacancies as far in advance as possible.
  • Responding promptly to volunteer communications and inquiries.
  • Maintaining live and recording calendars – both online and physical.
  • Keeping the volunteer database, photo database and mailing lists current and accurate.
  • Providing support needed by volunteers while they are reading or producing programs.
  • Sharing volunteer issues and concerns with the Executive Director.
  • Preparing scripts and equipment for Audio Description performances.

10% Administration:
Support daily administrative functions by:

  • Greeting and directing office visitors and volunteers.
  • Monitoring and responding to email and telephone communications.
  • Ensuring the database is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Monitoring office supply and software inventories.
  • Preparing orders as needed.
  • Gathering data and compiling reports.
  • Attending IRIS board meetings and events as requested.
  • Keeping the IRIS office and studios in clean and presentable form by vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing equipment, furniture and fixtures.

05% Awareness:
Promote awareness for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service by:

  • Updating Social Media as requested.
  • Assisting with mailings, outreach materials and IRIS events as requested.
  • Assisting with fundraising requests and reports as requested.
  • Presenting information about IRIS services to community groups as requested.
  • Executing other duties and special projects as assigned.


Employee is exposed to normal broadcasting and office conditions. Noise level is moderate.


Classification: Full time.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt (Hourly).
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm (35 hours per week). Available as On Call every other weekend.



  • Reliable transportation to and from office, events and meetings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google, online calendars and other internet products.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with adherence to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a wide range of people and personalities.
  • Pleasant reading voice.
  • Knowledge of current events.


  • At least one year office administrative support experience.
  • Broadcast, communications or journalism experience.
  • Non-profit organization experience.


Commensurate with experience plus an attractive benefits package.


Position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references to Maryfrances Evans, subject “Operations Assistant”, at before 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.

Communications Internship; Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Primary duties include:
·    Supporting promotional efforts for the upcoming state park centennial celebration in 2020.
·    Supporting other state park marketing campaigns such as special events, visitor programs and seasonal promotions.
·    Writing and developing interesting and unique stories about Iowa state parks.
·    Assisting with social media, websites and email communications.
·    Providing assistance with layout and design of digital media, displays and publications as needed.
·    Outreach to friends groups, volunteers, state park staff, media and other partners as needed.
·    Excellent written communication skills
·    Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
·    Experience with Creative Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, and other Adobe products)
·    Experience with other digital media software, photography and/or video platforms a plus
Paid ($10.85/hour) internship for spring for Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduating May 2019 – May 2021


Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education. The DNR’s mission: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

Advocacy and Public Policy Intern; LSI, Spring Semester

LSI is currently seeking an Advocacy & Public Policy Intern for the 2019 Spring Semester.  This is an unpaid internship which will be based out of the Des Moines office.  It offers a flexible schedule between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 15 hours per week.

This intern serves on the LSI advocacy team and assist with writing public policy statements, collecting data on priority legislative issues, and identifying key advocacy audiences for growing and strengthening LSI’s messaging and engagement of stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Skills for leading advocacy efforts in a large nonprofit setting
  • Skills for working collaboratively in a nonprofit work environment
  • Skills for writing public policy statements
  • Skills for strategically identifying essential stakeholders in advocacy efforts
  • Skills for conducting public policy issue research

Impact of your role:

  • Increased capacity for the advocacy team to expand LSI’s ability to train and educate staff, clients, volunteers, and community members on how to advocate
  • Increased awareness of key public policy issues
  • Increased capacity for researching, analyzing, and evaluating key legislative issues impacting the lives of the communities LSI serves
  • Expanded organizational brain through new perspective and innovative ideas
  • Increased knowledge of strategic stakeholders and a stronger network of key collaborative partners
  • Increased expertise on engaging key demographic groups in advocacy efforts


  • Support LSI advocacy team in policy development, communications, and administrative duties as assigned
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate information for constructing data-driven public policy statements
  • Assist in defining advocacy audiences (staff, clients, faith partners, public, etc.) and developing meaningful and inclusive communication strategies
  • Assist with researching and building tools for preparing community members, clients, LSI staff, and volunteers to engage in advocacy work (ie. tools on how to contact your legislator)
  • Assist with planning trainings for the identified advocacy audiences on how to advocate and building awareness and community passion for LSI’s public policy priorities
  • Assist with identifying key collaborative partners for community awareness education initiatives
  • Follow all agency policies and procedures
  • Attend team meetings relevant to the responsibilities of the position
  • Additional responsibilities are assigned by the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator

An ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, volunteers, and community members
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and experience to take projects from beginning to end
  • The ability to work independently and also collaboratively
  • Flexibility to the constant changes of a nonprofit work environment
  • The ability to think innovatively
  • Experience with advocacy and public policy writing (preferred

QUALIFICATIONS: Interns must have a high school diploma, be 18 years or older, actively pursuing a college degree and able to pass background and reference checks.

Please attach a resume with your completed application.  Apply here

Two Spring Internships at Iowa Secretary of State’s Office

Spring Social Media/Multimedia Projects Internship

This internship at the Iowa Secretary of State’s office would consist of managing the social media and online presence, content production and marketing for multiple projects.

The internship is for the Spring Semester of 2019, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

  • – Monitoring and Management of multiple social media pages
  • – Regular content production including but not limited to images, copy and video
  • – Planning out long term strategy and content calendars for social media
  • – Keeping track of and responding to constituent interactions

Experience in videography and graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere preferred.

Background in Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here:


Spring 2019 Business Services CommunicationsInternship

With the Secretary of State’s Office being the small business portal of Iowa, we must celebrate the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Business Services Intern is responsible for contacting small businesses to create entrepreneurship related content for the Iowa Secretary of State’s social media pages. Additional responsibilities include assisting office manager with business services work and organizational tasks.

  • – Creating social media content promoting entrepreneurship and Iowa small business
  • – Interviewing small businesses
  • – Organization of our social media content calendars
  • – Creating content and managing the Secretary of State’s LinkedIn page
  • – Entering new business services accounts

The internship is for the Spring Semester of 2019, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

Background in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here: