Category Archives: Internships

Fall internships, Iowa Secretary of State’s office

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 Fall Semester of 2016, however it may start earlier and there may be 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:

Jeff Tomkowitz – Projects Coordinator<>

Internship Application Available Here:


Business Services Communications Internship

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
  • Manage Invoices and refunds

The internship is for the Fall Semester of 2016, however it may start earlier and there may be possibility of renewal if desired.

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

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Jeff Tomkowitz – Projects Coordinator<>

Internship Application Available Here:

Communications intern, Waukee schools

Apply online here:

Start Date: Summer (May/June)

End Date:  2 semester internship (summer & fall)

Hours:  15-20 hours/week

Compensation: $10 per hour

Position: Communications Intern  

Description: Waukee Community School District (WCSD) seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist communication efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of public relations while working for the 9th largest school district in Iowa.


  • Assist in maintaining district websites.
  • Assist in providing blog support to staff.
  • Assist in planning and writing content for the district and activities website.
  • Create training videos and print directions for communication systems.


  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space (e.g.,  YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress and Pinterest)
  • Working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Journalism, Mass Communications or Public Relations)
  • Proficient computer skills to include: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe
  • Experience with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop highly desired
  • Experience with content management systems desired
  • Effective communication skills, written and oral
  • Self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of  WCSD and the community we serve

Waukee Community School District

Waukee is the fastest growing school district in the state of Iowa with more than 1,000 staff members serving more than 9,300 students in grades preschool through twelfth grade.  Our schools serve students from Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines, as well as open enrollment students from other communities outside the 55 square miles of our district boundaries.

Paid assistantship for 2016-17 (Drake gender violence service office)

Alysa Mozak, Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response & Healthy Relationship Promotion, is seeking a Campus Impact Specialist to assist her during the academic year 2016-17. This is a paid Undergraduate Assistantship that will focus on developing a holistic approach to prevention and intervention services within the gender violence service office at Drake. This student will work about 10 hours a week. To qualify for an Undergraduate Assistantship, a student must be of junior or senior standing, and must have a 3.00 GPA by the end of the summer 2015 term.

Detailed Description of Outcomes:

This student will be responsible for assisting the coordinator with campus climate projects related to gender violence, such as focus groups to diverse student groups, and in collecting applicable research in the gender violence field that would help facilitate and guide such projects. This student would also develop, market, implement and review effective awareness campaigns on campus and through social media, and act as a support for inventorying and marketing anti-violence initiatives across campus that work toward a collaborative, co-curricular developmental area across disciplines. The student will work collaboratively as a team member in multiple professional settings with students, faculty and staff with a goal to develop awareness of and actively participate in systems responses to gender violence.

 Students can email their interest to; interviewing and selection will occur spring semester 2016, with anticipated start date of August 2016.

Interns/Fellows for Congressional Campaign

The Jim Mowrer for Congress campaign is looking for interns and fellows for our team. This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how a campaign works and master cutting-edge targeting and political data techniques as part of the most exciting campaign of the cycle.

The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and help elect the next U.S. Congressman from Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District!  Hours are flexible with a small requirement, and the campaign team is a lot of fun. No previous campaign experience necessary. When you walk out the door at the end of your internship you will know how to run a local field program, and have met a lot of new friends.

To apply for an internship or fellowship with the Jim Mowrer for Congress campaign, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please email  The Jim Mowrer for Congress Campaign is an equal, opportunity employer.

Institute on Political Journalism

Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC
June 4 – July 29
Extended Deadline: April 6, 2016
**Scholarship Funding Available**

 Are you still deciding what to do this summer? Want to take a big step in your journalism or public relations career? There are numerous quality internships still available. It’s not too late to spend 8 weeks in Washington, DC completing an internship, earning credit, and expanding your professional network.

 The Presidential campaign of 2016 makes this summer a particularly exciting time for students to come to Washington, DC.


Unlike many other Washington, DC internship programs, we guarantee you an internship placement with one of the following types of organizations:

  • Print or broadcast media outlet
  • News service
  • Internet publication
  • Public relations firm
  • Capitol Hill press office
  • Advocacy organization

 Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals. You’ll gain real-world experience that will set you apart when it’s time to find your first job after graduation. Click here for a list of sample internship sites.


Live in the heart of Washington, DC on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State. Roommate matching with other program participants is included. Click here to learn more about housing accommodations and the neighborhood.


Maximize your summer by also taking courses between 3 and 9 credits from George Mason University. Take courses designed for journalism and communication majors and choose from a variety of engaging electives. Learn from Professor Richard Benedetto, founding White House and Campaign Reporter for USA TODAY. His internship seminar will give you an insider’s view of political reporting. You’ll also hear from Pulitzer Prize winning guest speakers. Click here to read more about the courses.


We award over $1 million in scholarship funding each year, and there are generous scholarships still available. Students receive awards based on financial need and merit and which typically to range from $1,000 -$4,500.


Students are encouraged to visit for more information and to begin an online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the April 6 extended deadline. Students will be notified of their admission decision within two weeks of completing an application. Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.


Check out this video to hear from some of our program alumni on why interning in DC is an experience worth having! Read this recent blog entry to see how program alumni answered the question, “I was just accepted into the program for this summer, and I am very excited, but I’d like to hear about whether the cost was worth it from some alumni of the program. Is it worth it to have political experience in DC? I’d love to hear about your experience as soon as possible!”


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Jobs and Internships, Blueprint Strategies, Des Moines

Bluprint Strategies, a Des Moines-based political consulting and public affairs firm, is hiring for a variety of positions. If you or anyone you know is looking for an exciting job with a hard-working and fun company, details are below. Part-time and full-time paid internships are also available.

Operations Director
Bluprint Strategies is currently seeking an experienced, detail-oriented person to join our Iowa team as Operations Director for the 2016 election cycle. The Operations Director will be responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations for the firm and some clients. This includes budget management, paid programs, staff logistics, and other projects.Competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits. Bluprint Strategies is an equal opportunity employer.

We are looking for:
Field Director
Regional Field Directors
Field Organizers

Data Director
NextGen Climate is currently seeking an experienced, detail-oriented Data director to join our Iowa team through the 2016 General Election. The ideal candidate must have previous experience in a political or campaign environment, preferably in Iowa. The candidate will have experience managing a voter file and creating detailed reports.

Bluprint Strategies is accepting internship applications for part-time and full-time programs. Interns get real experience working with clients, developing and executing campaign plans, building networks of political and activist leaders, maintaining digital assets, and supporting overall strategic development–all while learning from a team of experienced and fun staff. Paid and non-paid internships are available. To apply send a resume to

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Videographer/Photographer/Graphic Artist intern

Drake SJMC alumna seeks paid intern to help produce multimedia patient testimonials for an interventional orthopaedic clinic in Des Moines with a primary target audience of age 55+.  It is an early stage entrepreneurial company that has extreme potential nationwide.

The intern would develop patient testimonials to be used in radio, on the website and for direct distribution to potential patients and companies. The intern would interview patients on location and build/edit video testimonials at a rate of 2-3 per week.

The paid Videographer/Photographer/Graphic Artist intern will shoot footage as well as edit and accomplish the bulk of the technical tasks related to production and post-production. He or she will have strong communication and interpersonal skills to work with patient testimonials and understanding the goals and objectives of each patient project.  This candidate must have the ability to prioritize and take accountability for work to continually be completed.  Intern will also assist in developing production pieces for newspaper and various marketing pieces.

  • Develops testimonial clips and professional pieces used in radio, on line and media links for medical profession without a lot of given direction.
  • Transports, sets up, and operates various production equipment including cameras, lighting equipment, props, and microphones for on location production.
  • Transports, sets up, operates and maintains proper levels and calibration of cameras, audio and video recorders, and other production equipment.  Keeps equipment clean and organized.
  • Collects behind the scene footage of photo shoots as well as interviews
  • Supports the team throughout the production process, including contacting interview subjects, creating graphics, and editing
  • Helps to sustain and guide creative process
  • Publishes all production after approval
  • Develops interview questions and properly prompts candidates

Ideal Candidate: Currently pursuing at least a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Video & Photographic Art, Studio Art, Video or Photography or Major in Graphic Design with minor of photography or videography skills.

Skilled in: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign. Understanding of relevant social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn

Preferred Skills: Photography, Videography, Adobe Premiere Pro or Similar Video Editing Suite, Adobe After Effect

For more information or to apply contact:

Susan Hellickson, 319-721-4333 or