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: