Category Archives: Internships

Communications internship at Pearson (Iowa City, IA)


Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their lives through learning. We champion innovation and we invest in models for education that deliver on our promise for effective, accessible, and personal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness to professional education, through data informed instruction and inventive applications for mobile and digital learning.

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business, and consumer publishing and is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Department Overview The Research & Innovation Network plays an important role for Pearson by being a public face that plans, projects, innovates, communicates, connects, and delivers solutions. Three activities have and will continue to establish Pearson as a thought leader in education:

  • Create – we have created capabilities, innovations, and solutions that are respected by the broader education audience.
  • Connect – we collaborate with respected experts and leaders.
  • Communicate – we publish, present, blog, tweet, consult, train, and broadly share the results of our research with all audiences.

The goal of the Network is to help address the challenges in education to move the needle in student success. We focus on global K12 education issues, but the challenges touch all level of learners. The goals of the communications team include:

  • Drive pan-Pearson, K12 thought leadership through outreach about the Network’s research projects and results.
  • Raise researchers’ profiles through conference presentations, social media, and traditional media.
  • Implement web and social media strategy that engages audiences in debate about challenges in education.

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Intern Responsibilities The intern will support the image and communications efforts of the Network. This will include writing for various media (web, social media, business documents), working independently on research/business intelligence projects, and supporting the execution of strategic communications. Three skills the intern will learn from our Network include:

  • Gain strategic communication planning and implementation experience
  • Build a portfolio of persuasive writing pieces
  • Hone project management skills

Activities include the following:

  • Research and planning for communications campaigns: assist in planning strategies and channels necessary to achieve defined goals based on their own research efforts.
  • Persuasive writing: write web, blog, and marketing material copy. Help translate research and findings into meaningful copy for the identified audience.
  • Social media: Coordinate with stakeholders across Pearson to implement a corporate social media strategy.
  • Business intelligence: perform research on competitor landscape, attitude on key issues, and audience characteristics. Understand key education issues and important players, and then communicate findings to inform strategy.


Must be a current college student within commuting distance of Iowa City, Iowa, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Required Skills

  • Strong persuasive writing skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Business acumen and judgment
  • Planning, prioritization, project management skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

Additional Skills

  • Experience with developing and implementing social and traditional media campaigns
  • Knowledge of social media tools such as Hootsuite, Tweet Deck, Spredfast, and engage121
  • Adept at using Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Experience with graphic design or web programs (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress) is helpful

A cover letter and three writing samples are required.

Job ID: 2015-33181
# of Positions: 1
Position Type: Temporary Part Time
Category: Project/Temporary Workforce

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Marketing and Communications Internship at Wright Service Corp (West Des Moines, IA)

Title: Marketing and Communications Intern
Type: Part Time (15-25 hours/week)
Reports To: Marketing and Communications Manager
Primary Companies Supported: Wright Service Corp., Wright Tree Service, Wright Tree Service of the West, CN Utility Consulting, Terra Spectrum Technologies 


  • Assist with planning and coordination of annual awards banquet, regional and national conferences and tradeshows, client appreciation events, management meetings, employee training, and other events and initiatives.
  • Assist with organization of corporate office social, volunteer, and wellness events together with other marketing and communications staff and employee volunteers.
  • Research and distribute relevant public information about companies, competitors, and markets.
  • Develop and/or coordinate content, including copy, functionality, photo and video, for websites, newsletters, collateral, bids and reports, direct mail, social media, and other marketing and communications deliverables for both internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinate graphic design of ads, newsletters, websites, collateral, direct mail, and other marketing and communications deliverables to ensure strategic and consistent branding and messaging.
  • Serve as a resource and editor for other employees’ communications.
  • Maintain internal documents, including website analytics, market opportunity database, customer lists, organization charts, library of industry and company publications, etc.


  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, or other related field.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills; creativity and attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; the ability to work on multiple tasks and projects concurrently.
  • Willingness and ability to learn about the contract-based utility vegetation management industry in which our companies operate.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products; willingness and ability to learn other programs as necessary; familiarity with WordPress, photography and Adobe design programs a plus.
  • Strong references.

Compensation and Benefits:

Hourly wage will be commensurate with education level, relative experience, and other attributes.

To Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to Marketing and Communications Manager Sara Harpenau at Please note pre-employment drug screening is required and background checks may be conducted.

Internship at the World Food Prize Foundation (Des Moines, IA)

For Summer 2015, the World Food Prize Foundation will select one intern to assist specifically in the areas of communications and public relations. The intern will support the efforts of the communications team. Duties include:

  • Writing and editing press releases, articles and other information
  • Researching and creating target media lists
  • Outreach to local, national, and international media
  • Marketing and promoting World Food Prize events
  • Website content and design
  • Updating and maximizing social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
  • Newsletter production
  • Manage news archives

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, an eye for layout, and a willingness to express new ideas and work as part of a team.

This internship is an opportunity to become an integral part of The World Food Prize Foundation – an internationally renowned organization – and through work in communications, interact with organizations and individuals all over the world. This includes: government officials, international experts in agriculture and the environment, World Food Prize Laureates, leaders in industry and business, and members of local and national media. Furthermore, Carver Interns learn first-hand both the public and private side of operating an international non-profit organization.

Interns are unpaid but may be eligible for course credit.  While a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required, the program provides flexibility for each intern’s schedule, and some interns choose to work full time. While start and end dates are also flexible, a minimum commitment of three months is required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Crystal Harris at by June 12.
Inquiry calls (515-245-3731) and emails are accepted.

Social Media Intern, Qmyfood, Des Moines

Qmyfood is an Iowa-based restaurant technology company with a simple mission statement – design by restaurant operators should drive development of restaurant technology. The Company has created an environment to develop and test proprietary restaurant technology with the goal of building a portfolio of applications that improve how restaurants interact with their customers and best integrate new technologies into their operations. Please visit the company’s website for more background Continue reading

Content Marketing Internship at GasPedal (Chicago, IL or Austin, TX)

GasPedal, the company behind and, is hiring a writer to join our Communications Team for the summer of 2015 in our Austin or Chicago office. You’ll write about social media and word of mouth marketing to 50,000 fans. You’ll help us with blog content, email newsletters, and social media — and we’ll teach you everything we know. Continue reading

PR/Publicity Manager Intern, Drake Theatre Arts

Drake’s Theatre Arts Department is currently seeking applicants for the Public Relations/Publicity Manager for the 2015-16 school year. This is a school year long commitment, you set your own hours but it’s typically 10hr/week. It is a paid position and is a seriously awesome job as you manage all of the PR efforts and gain really well rounded experience!

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to and by May 1 at 5 p.m.

Responsibilities are to work with the faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts to:
-Create a PR/Marketing plan for Theatre Department 2015-16 season
-Develop a marketing plan for new and creative ways to reach and inform audiences about each of the six Drake Theatre productions
-Act as a liaison between the Theatre Department and University Communications.
-Craft press releases for each production
-Manage social media for Theatre Arts’ events.
-Create playbills and promotional materials using Adobe Creative Suite
-Manage the Publicity budget

Below are the desired qualifications:
-Strong writing and communication skills
-An appreciation for theatre
-Social media management experience
-Some PR/Marketing classes
-Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (mostly InDesign) preferred
-Organization and timeliness
-A willingness to be creative

Feel free to email with any questions!