Category Archives: Internships

Internships available at Vote Smart

Vote Smart, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization near campus, is accepting and interviewing applicants for its Spring Internship Program. Opportunities are available in both the Research and Communications departments. Internships are unpaid, but there are opportunities for interns to learn the day-to-day duties that each staff member performs, as well as credit opportunities through Drake. You’ll get to work closely with staff and other interns on a range of projects. To apply go to http://votesmart.org/internships. Contact Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst (jennifer.gloverkonfrst@drake.edu) for information on doing the internship for credit.

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Spring internships, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize in Des Moines has openings for its Awards Management and Symposium Planning Interns for the duration of the 2018 spring semester.

Each academic semester and summer, a select group of highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students are chosen for the George Washington Carver (GWC) Internship program, which provides interns with the opportunity to take significant responsibility and initiative in planning and carrying out a wide range of the Foundation’s projects.

“Interns at the World Food Prize play an absolutely indispensable role in the planning and implementation of all World Food Prize programs,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. “The success of our upcoming Borlaug Dialogue symposium, youth education programs, and Laureate Announcement is dependent on their input and performance.”

The Awards Management intern will work one-on-one with the Director of Secretariat Operations on preparing World Food Prize nominations and Borlaug Field Award nominations to present to the respective selection committees composed of international experts; prepare written material about World Food Prize laureates and Borlaug Field Award recipients; work on updating database information related to the Foundation’s awards processes; other duties related to arrangements for the annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium.

Furthermore, the Symposium Planning Intern will work one-on-one with the Director of Planning on the preparation and logistics leading up to the Laureate Announcement Ceremony, which takes place each year in Washington, D.C.; research issues related to food insecurity in preparation for the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in the Fall; other duties related to arrangements for the annual Borlaug Dialogue.

“Interning with the WFP is a unique experience because of the level of hands-on work each intern contributes to the organization. I gained a large amount of valuable, practical skills that will definitely give me a leg up in my future career,” said Madeline Cheek, the previous 2017 GWC Intern. “This position allowed me to see how a large-scale organization operates from the inside, and I got the opportunity to network with many influential contributors to the food security cause from around the world.”

More information  and how to apply  can be found at www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

Communications summer internships at the Nebraska Golf Association (Omaha, NE)

The Nebraska Golf Association (NGA) office has four internship opportunities available in 2018. The United States Golf Association (USGA) Foundation has awarded a grant to the NGA to support these internships through the USGA’s P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Internship Program. This program was created to inspire and provide opportunities for qualified individuals interested in a career in golf administration, with a particular focus on attracting and developing a diverse pipeline of future leaders, while supporting traditional Allied Golf Associations that administer USGA core functions. Prospective interns should demonstrate strong managerial potential and sufficient interest and background in golf. Continue reading

Intern, Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Food Export Association

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Food Export Association of the Midwest have an opening for a paid student internship. The intern will be an independent contractor of the Food Export Association of the Midwest located in Chicago, but housed at, and supervised by, the IEDA International Trade Office in Des Moines. Continue reading

Student assistant for public relations, University Communications

Hours: 6 hours per week, with flexible scheduling during normal campus hours of operation
Salary: $9 per hour
Supervisor: Aaron Jaco, Assistant Director – Public Relations

Essential Functions:

  • Research, write, edit and coordinate a wide variety of content for the Public Relations team, including press releases and feature articles for the Drake Newsroom.
  • Compile weekly reports of University-related media coverage.
  • Assist in generation and development of story ideas for PR and Alumni Relations.
  • Assist with internal communications tasks such as writing, compiling, and editing OnCampus newsletter as needed.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.
  • The student assistant will ideally start the week of Monday, Jan. 29, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will end by Friday, May 11.

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Student assistant for fine arts, University Communications

Hours: 6-8 hours per week, with flexible scheduling during normal campus hours of operation
Salary: $9 per hour (funded by Friends of Drake Arts)
Supervisor: Aaron Jaco, Assistant Director – Public Relations

Essential Functions:

  • Research, write, and coordinate a wide variety of Drake Fine Arts-related content for the Public Relations team, including press releases and feature articles for the Drake Newsroom.
  • Coordinate social media event listings and content related to Drake Fine Arts.
  • Submit Drake Fine Arts-related events to community calendars.
  • Assist in generation and development of fine arts-related story ideas for PR and Alumni Relations.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.
  • The student assistant will ideally start the week of Monday, Jan. 29, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will end by Friday, May 11.

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