ACSD communications internship (Ankeny, IA)

This internship is primarily focused on Public Relations for the school district, but would also be beneficial to Journalism, Marketing or other Communications majors.

Contact: Samantha Kampman, Coordinator of Communications and Marketing, 515-289-3950.

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing samples, & cover letter to samantha.kampman@ankenyschools.org by the date listed below.

Selection Process: Interview with Coordinator of Communications. Send resume and a minimum of three applicable writing samples to the contact above.

Time Period:

Spring Semester Internship: January to June. Apply by November 20.
Summer Internship: June to August. Apply by April 15.
Fall Semester Internship: August to December. Apply by June 15.

Hours: Can be flexibly scheduled Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the student’s class schedule. 400-hour goal will accommodate most university internship requirements.

Location: Ankeny Community Schools District Office, 306 SW School Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

Compensation: Unpaid, but will structure internship to meet course credit requirements.

Responsibilities: Under supervision of the Coordinator of Communications and Marketing, and dependent upon demonstrated skill in various areas, the intern will:

  • Develop communications timelines, strategies, and creative briefs for projects
  • Create drafts of communications identified by the Communications Coordinator. This may include interviewing staff members to gain information. Editing of subsequent drafts supervised by the Communications Coordinator. Communications may include:
    • Internal staff e-mails
    • Press releases & district web site “news” stories
    • Communications to parents and the public
    • New web pages (and editing of existing pages)
    • Fliers
    • Weekly staff e-newsletters, using information sent by various district departments
    • Stories for the Ankeny Advance newsletter
    • Other non-recurring communications
  • Proofreading for grammar and punctuation
  • Upon final draft approval by the Communications Coordinator, assist in execution of:
    • Posting Web pages and news stories
    • Monitoring Web site for functionality
    • Formatting and distributing e-mails in templates
    • Formatting print materials in InDesign and Word templates
    • Collaboration with the print shop to print materials
  • Research of new Web tools and development of social media to integrate with the district Web site
  • Other duties as assigned (may include filing, researching, and clerical tasks)

Requirements: Strong writing skills. Preferably a student with a major or minor in public relations, journalism, marketing, or some other form of communications. Strong grammar and proofreading skills. Strong research skills.

Preferred Skills: Strong journalistic interviewing skills. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with web site navigation/design or theory. Experience with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, and other programs. Photography or videography experience.

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