Category Archives: Internships

Diversity in arts internship

Bravo Greater Des Moines was formed in 2004 by a collaboration of nine central Iowa local governments to provide reliable funding and leadership to the arts, culture and heritage community. This summer, Bravo Greater Des Moines will host Americans for the Arts’ (AftA) Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program (DIAL).  For nearly 20 years this has been a successful program in New York City.  By 2022, AftA would like to activate seven additional communities to adopt the program in order to expand access to those traditionally untapped for arts leadership around the country.  Des Moines is one of the first two national pilot sites.

Bravo’s goal is to match seven interns with host organizations in Greater Des Moines for summer 2019.

Applications are now open for interns interested in participating in DIAL this summer.  This is a paid internship ($4,500 for 10 weeks) and is a wonderful opportunity for students to make a difference in DSM.  The intern application can be found here:

 The intern application deadline is Feb. 13.



Fellowship promotes diversity in journalism

Named after the pioneering African-American investigative reporter, the Ida B. Wells Fellowship is designed to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests, to their work. Winners are chosen by an annual competition.

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship provides five reporters each year with a $12,000 stipend, plus $4,000 in bonus payments, and access to a Type Investigations editor who will advise them throughout the process of producing their first substantial work of investigative reporting. The one-year fellowship also covers travel and other reporting costs associated with the project and the costs associated with attending the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in June, as well as a one-week data  bootcamp through the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting. Each fellow will also enjoy access to research resources, legal counsel, professional mentoring, fact-checking, and assistance with story placement and publicity. The fellowship is a one-time educational opportunity and is non-renewable.

Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute substantially to diversifying the field of investigative reporting. The fellowship is open to entry-level or mid-career journalists. Recent journalism school graduates, journalism students or journalism interns are eligible to apply, as are reporters in other fields seeking to pivot to investigative reporting. Applicants may be freelance journalists or journalists currently employed by a media outlet. 

The deadline for the 2019 application is March 1.

We are looking for reporters:

  • who have great story ideas, a passion for holding the powerful accountable, and an appetite for digging.
  • with the demonstrated ability to produce a narrative feature for print or broadcast.
  • who would relish the opportunity to closely collaborate with editors.
  • with the persistence, attentiveness to detail, and organizational skills to complete a major project within a set timeframe.

Fellows are required to publish or air their projects within one year of the start of the fellowship.  Each project produced during the fellowship must appear in a U.S. media outlet.

About Type Investigations (formerly known as The Investigative Fund): Type Investigations’ mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We seek to bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public. We are dedicated to enabling independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism for a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets. We do this by providing freelance reporters with hands-on editorial guidance, institutional support and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs.

Type Investigations projects have won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the Scripps Howard Award, the IRE Medal, and the Hillman Prize.

About Type Media Center: A nonprofit media center, Type Media Center (formerly known as The Nation Institute) is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Its programs include Type Investigations; a bestselling book publishing imprint, Bold Type Books; the syndicated website TomDispatch; and Type Fellowships that support over 25 reporters every year.

TIPS: Before applying, we encourage you to check out investigations we have produced in the past at and also to do a thorough search for previous reporting related to your story idea. Please be clear about how your project has the potential to uncover or expose something new and have real world impact. If you have more questions, please refer to our FAQ or email Alissa Figueroa at alissa[at]

Radio promotions and marketing internship

Saga Communications’ Des Moines Radio Group is hiring for seasonal promotions and marketing part-time positions for summer 2019. The position will run from May through August. The position provides an opportunity for students who are interested in careers in either radio broadcasting or marketing and promotions.

Interns will have an opportunity to attend station events, concerts and private listener VIP parties. They will network with department heads, on-air staff and industry insiders. Des Moines Radio Group serves nearly 300,000 listeners on nine stations.

Requirements for the job:

  • Able to work 10-26 hours/week
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Able to think outside the box
  • Microsoft Office and Office 365 computer skills required; Adobe skills preferred
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
  • Available to work nights and weekends
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred but not required skills:

  • Able to shoot and edit video
  • Able to shoot and edit photos
  • Knowledge of graphic design programs
  • Basic event planning skills
  • Knowledge of broadcast radio equipment and programs

To apply, send resume, cover letter and recommendations no later than March 15 to:

Rob Lembke
Promotions director
1416 Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

No phone calls please. Des Moines Radio Group is an equal opportunity employer.


Sign up for Iowa Caucus opportunities

Drake will host a nationally televised CNN Town Hall with Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday night, Jan. 28. CNN will be hiring student interns for the event.

If you are interested in working with CNN or any other political and media events during the spring semester, please visit to submit relevant information about yourself and your availability during the spring 2019 semester.  Even if you are not selected to work with CNN, your information will be maintained and provided to any other organization seeking interns.  There is no requirement that you work on any event – Drake will provide visiting organizations information about potential student interns, but the organization will make a final determination about who they wish to hire and any student is free to accept or decline an offer.

Spring PR intern, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is recruiting a George Washington Carver PR Intern for Spring 2019.
The duties for this position are included below and can also be found here:
  • Writing and editing press releases, articles, newsletters and other information
  • Researching and developing targeted media lists
  • Outreach to local, national and international media
  • Marketing and promoting World Food Prize events
  • Website content and design
  • Scheduling and updating social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
More information about the George Washington Carver Internship can also be found at  

Research assistant, SJMC centennial exhibit

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is looking for a qualified student to conduct research and work with Cowles Library archivists to create an exhibit on the history of the SJMC. The School will celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Drake in 2019-2020, and centennial events will begin with an exhibit and event in Cowles this spring.

The student research assistant will conduct research using SJMC and library  materials to create a timeline of important events in the history of the School; identify and write a narrative to illustrate the School’s story; help University archivists create the display, and work with the dean to organize and publicize the public event to accompany the exhibit. The research assistant will be paid $9/hour and work with SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson as well as Cowles librarians. Doing the project as an academic independent study for credit is also a possibility.

The qualified student will have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently as well as with others in order to complete this important project. Attention to detail is a must, along with strong writing and editing skills. Design and multimedia skills would be a plus to help with the display.

To apply, please send a resume and brief explanation about why you are interested in and qualified to work on this project to Dean Kathleen Richardson at


PR and events intern, On With Life rehab

On With Life, a non-profit brain injury rehabilitation organization, is looking for a detail-oriented, independent intern to help with public relations and event management. This opportunity is great for experienced students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. This internship will provide a unique experience with hands-on learning at On With Life. Interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position: Event Management, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or working towards a nonprofit emphasis. Please email with any questions. A link to the description and application is available here: This is an unpaid internship, but academic credit can be obtained if needed.