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Marketing and Communications Intern, Access Systems; Fall 2018

Access Systems was founded in 1986 in Urbandale and is one of the most tenured technology companies in the region. We have experienced double-digit growth over the past decade, making Access one of the elite office technology providers throughout the state, in addition to being one of the largest independent Sharp dealers in nation. We are one of the few companies in the Midwest that offers a combination of IT services, phone system solutions, document management and printing solutions.

Access Systems is locally owned and managed with all of our key leaders being from the Midwest, giving us the unique ability to provide services to our clients on a large scale and at the same time having a great understanding of the business climate in the Midwest.

Our headquarters is in Waukee, Iowa, a growing suburb of Des Moines. We are also located in 13 cities across Iowa and Nebraska to provide local service and support at the highest level to our clients.

PositionMarketing & Communications Internship

The Marketing & Communications Intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the development and implementation of its marketing and public relations plans. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels and methodologies to the professional community, technology industry and the public at large.

Reports toHuman Resources Director 

Hours: 15-20 hours per week 

Compensation: $ 10 – 12.00 per hour

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Utilize Internet marketing techniques to increase traffic to our website and social media pages, brand awareness and share industry updates on multiple media platforms
  • Leverage social networks to strengthen relationships with existing and prospective clients, along with recruitment efforts through engagement
  • Focused efforts on increasing and measuring social media growth and engagements
  • Utilize SEO and keywords to promote web page presence and high placement on web searches
  • Design flyers, graphics and other marketing material
  • Update and develop content for the website regularly
  • Creation and distribution of newsletters
  • Research new markets and the latest industry news
  • Media contact list creation and management

To apply contact:

Charlie Kiesling, PHR | Director of HR
955 SE Olson Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
W: 515-216-2404 | F: 515-987-6228


Marketing Internship, Outlets of Des Moines, Summer and/or Fall

Expand your knowledge of the marketing field. The mall marketing internship involves marketing, communications, event planning, advertising and public relations for the entire mall. Assist the Marketing Director in the planning and execution of special and community events. Communicate weekly with store managers. Assist the Marketing Director in developing and maintaining local outreach/customer loyalty programs. This includes database management, direct mail, event and promotion planning, etc. Responsibilities include:

Manage Online Presence

Property Website

  1. Update site with press releases and upcoming events.
  2. Update site with store event, promotions and job listings.
  3. Update store listings and phone numbers as needed.
  4. Review Google Analytics reports to assess trends.

Social Media

  1. Make social media suggestions specific for each vehicle – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Review customer comments using property name and hashtags.
  3. Recommend content that will keep customers engaged – not just self-promotional.

Google Alerts

  1. Review all google alerts for property. Assuring information is accurate and up to date.
  2. Printing all articles mentioning property for media binder.

Merchant Intensifications


  1. Reach out to store managers regarding advertising opportunities such as in mall signage, displays, website listings, social media, etc.


  1. Secure retail participation for property promotions to include but not limited to sweepstakes, loyalty programs and local outreach.
  2. Secure retail participation for property events.
  3. Prepare biweekly Red Hot News for the tenants with necessary participation forms, memo, etc.

Events – Focus on Grand Opening


  1. Assist in securing tenant and sponsor participation.
  2. Manage registration database of event attendees (if applicable).
  3. Manage and track store, vendor and sponsor participation.
  4. Assist in overall event planning and execution.
  5. Create table and directional signage as needed.


  1. Assist with event set up and breakdown.
  2. Take photos of participants, vendors, set up and signage.
  3. Assist in event management and representing the property through registration or outreach table.


Visual Standards

  1. Walk property to ensure visual standards are being met. Check signage. Fill sign holders and directories.
  2. Ensure the Welcome Center is displaying current information and has stock of directories, coupon books, etc.

Basic requirements

  1. Marketing, Business or Communications Major preferred.
  2. Preferably a Junior or Senior.
  3. Transportation to Outlets of Des Moines.
  4. Must be a team player with creative ideas.
  5. Must be well organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  7. Must have excellent spelling and grammar.
  8. Excellent judgment and discretion.
  9. Understanding of retail a plus but not required.

Hours:  Minimum of 10 hours per week, with up to 20 hours depending on workload. Weekly schedule TBD

Compensation: $10/hour

Location:  801 Bass Pro Drive, Altoona, IA 50009

Reports to: Marketing Director

Inquiries: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Please specify period you are interested in for internship (i.e. summer, fall).

Communications Intern, Science Center of Iowa, Summer

Summer intern needed to take the reins of the social accounts for our Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on Labor Day and working with two Drake SJMC alums to create content to highlight the makers initiative here at SCI.


  • Work with Director of Marketing & PR and Communications Coordinator to design and implement a social media plan for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
  • Manage social media accounts for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire (Facebook and Twitter) in compliance with SCI and Maker Faire branding
  • reate content to be used for Des Moines Mini Maker Faire and Science Center of Iowa social media accounts (including but not limited to photos, videos, graphics and testimonials)
  • Work with community partners to collect stories and tell the story of making in Iowa
  • Attend community events as needed
  • Assist with other marketing and communications tasks as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Experience using a variety of social networks for marketing and communications purposes (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram required)
  • Outstanding writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to multitask
  • Able to work independently, being flexible, dependable and resourceful
  • Graphic Design experience a plus
  • Photography/videography experience a plus
  • Blog experience a plus
  • Sales and customer service experience helpful

Work Hours:

10-12 hours per week, typically between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hours will be determined by candidate and Director of Marketing & Public Relations. This position also will be required to attend the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on Monday, September 3, working from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

To apply send resume and cover letter to

Communications Intern, Iowa National Guard, Iowa Department of Public Defense; summer

The Iowa National Guard provides mission focused, warrior-ready Soldiers and Airmen to support state and federal missions.  It is the largest military organization in the state of Iowa with nearly 9,000 Soldiers and Airmen with a full time force of more than 2,200 personnel.  The Iowa National Guard trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains and reconstitutes units, providing ready forces in defense of our nation, state, and community.

The Iowa National Guard is one of the oldest military organizations in the state of Iowa tracing its origins back to the Territorial Militia first formed in 1838.  It has mobilized and deployed Soldiers and Airmen in support of nearly every major US military action since the American Civil War.  More than 19,000 Iowa National Guard members have deployed in support of Overseas Contingency Operations since September 11, 2001.

We are looking for communications intern to help us share the Iowa National Guard story to both internal and external audiences through traditional and social media platforms. Military membership is not required.

This is a paid internship pending funding approval.  Hours are flexible with between 15-20 hours per week expected. Office hours are Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  The intern would be part of the Iowa National Guard’s Public Affairs Office which includes two Public Affairs Officers, one video and one photojournalist, a social media manager and one historian.  The office is located in Johnston, Iowa.

Responsibilities include social media posts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), writing and editing command information stories and multimedia products for distribution through Department of Defense media activities, making website updates, writing news releases and supporting Iowa National Guard community engagement actives.

To apply, email resume and cover letter to:

LTC Michael Wunn, Director of Public Affairs, Iowa National Guard

Marketing Intern, Community State Bank, Johnston

Apply On Company Site

The Marketing Intern will assist in the marketing activities of the Community State Bank-Merle Hay Rd in Johnston. This includes providing marketing assistance for all areas of the bank including Financial and in the support of the Sr. VP Marketing, Marketing Coordinator and other Department Managers in conjunction with the overall bank marketing plan.

Education: Working toward a Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or other related area required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of experience in the implementation and execution of marketing strategies & tactics and experience in art & graphic design or a combination of equivalent education and experience. Familiarity with print media is also preferred.

Jennifer Canelos
Sr VP, Marketing
Community State Bank
PO Box 127
Ankeny, Iowa 50021
(515) 331-3100 x1275
(515) 276-4509 fax

Video Journalist/Producer, KWQC-TV, Quad Cities

There are three positions open. If you are a Drake alum (or soon to be) and are interested in this position, contact Drake alum Sarah Beth Coleman and introduce yourself.

Position Description
KWQC-TV6 is a dominant NBC affiliate, serving Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois as the Quad Cities’ #1 station for news, information and entertainment programming. KWQC-TV6 has the most experienced team in the market. They strive to keep their viewers safe and informed while guiding them through the ever-evolving digital world. We are also a station that gives video journalists time to pursue in-depth pieces, not just day-turns. The Quad Cities area is located right on the Mississippi River just 2.5 hours from Chicago, 2 from Des Moines, 4 from St. Louis and 5.5 from Minneapolis/St. Paul.

JOB DESCRIPTION: KWQC-TV6 is looking for a self-starter who likes to be in control of their own story. He/she has experience in shooting good video, writing their own scripts, finding unique ways to tell the story (not just in package form), and, sometimes, doing their own live shots. He/she would also be part of a new generation of video journalists expected to also know how to produce entire newscasts when needed, giving reporters a bigger picture of how their stories play into an entire day of coverage. Video journalists are expected to build their interaction with followers online throughout the day with a digital-first mentality. He/she should not only handle, but expect curveballs in story assignments and be ready to go live at any point.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified applicant will have a college degree with previous experience in a newsroom as a reporter, photographer, and/or video journalist. Must have a valid drivers’ license and be insurable. An ideal candidate has experience going live on television.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to lift and/or carry and manage news photography and lighting equipment. You are also frequently exposed to outside conditions.

TO APPLY:  Qualified applicants can apply at

EOE M/F/D/V ~ Drug screen required.

KWQC-TV6 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring, training, or promotion of employees by reasons of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, physical or mental handicap, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or age.

Please indicate in your correspondence exactly where you heard of this opening.