Category Archives: Internships

Internship, Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff

The Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff is looking for students interested in doing important work and attending the closed-door caucuses of the Democratic members of the Iowa Senate.

Our office is composed of state employees who work for Senator Mike Gronstal, the Democratic Leader of the Iowa Senate and the other Democratic Senators.  We are located in the Iowa Statehouse, just down the hall from the Governor’s office.

Our interns are involved in press releases, news conferences, photography, social media, and the production of audio and video clips.

Additional information is available at:

FT graphic design internship, Greater Des Moines Partnership

POSTED DATE: Sept. 8, 2016

DEADLINE DATE: Sept. 22, 2016

JOB INDUSTRY: Not for Profit – Charitable



The Graphic Designer position with the Greater Des Moines Partnership is a full time position budgeted for a minimum of 40 hours a week.  The position is funded through the Communications/Marketing group and serves the organization’s creative and design needs.  This person will work closely with the Communications/Marketing team to achieve success for all organization marketing and communications materials.  The position requires excellent graphic design and organizational skills.


Those fundamental job duties that an individual who holds the position must be able to perform with or without assistance of a reasonable accommodation.  This is not an exhaustive list.  Other duties, in addition to essential job functions, will be assigned as necessary.  Listed in order of importance.


  1. Assist with creative direction for marketing campaign concepts.
  2. Assist with creation/edits of promotional materials such as brochures, flyers, advertisements, newsletters, signage & banners, etc., while adhering to brand identity.
  3. Assist with event photography and photo editing.
  4. Prepare PowerPoint presentations.
  5. Provide support to social media efforts.


Bachelors degree OR working toward degree in Art, Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, or related field.

Education or training that includes project creation, organization, development and production of communications and/or marketing materials.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:                    

Excellent creative, composition and computer design skills required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications Proficiency with graphic print production and desktop publishing software required:

  • MAC and PC platforms
  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
  • Working knowledge of the print production process (request for proposals, design, layout, and prepress) including thorough understanding of graphic file formats.
  • Photography skills needed, included photo editing and enhancing, as well as experience in photo library organization. Web and video knowledge a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, can express and present ideas, listen well, and work in a team environment.
  • Solid time management skills, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of MAC and PC Operating Systems. Day-to-day work will be performed on MAC


The majority of work is conducted in the office at a desk.  There is a significant amount of computer work.

There is some prolonged standing while overseeing or providing staff support for various organizational activities and events.

There is also some lifting required during special events or projects and in maintaining supplies of communications materials and/or products.

The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Partnership’s policy to assure employment and promotional opportunities are available to qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic.


700 Locust St., Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA 50309


Jenna Brownlee (

For more information and to apply:




PR internship at Access Systems (Waukee, IA)

Access Systems in Waukee is hiring either a junior or senior PR or marketing student for a paid internship of $10/hour for 15-20 hours/week.

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

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, but are not limited to:

  • Plan and direct public relations programs designed to create and maintain a favorable public image for Access
  • Utilize Internet marketing, and Internet marketing techniques to increase traffic, increase 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
  • Utilize blogging, SEO, social networking, web page presence and placement on web searches
  • Create company literature and other forms of communication
  • Create marketing and promotional materials, both print and electronic
  • Research media coverage and industry trends
  • Media contact list creation and management
  • Create and deliver press releases, media relations content, case studies, white papers, executive bios, corporate newsletter content, social media content and speaking proposals
  • Copyedit, proofread and revise communications
  • Assist with designing and launch of email marketing campaigns
  • Collaborate on new ideas, directions and tools for marketing and communications
  • Assist with developing content for a blog and the content that appears on Access’ website
  • Plan and deliver education courses and materials
  • Promote products and services through public relations initiatives
  • Identify, develop and execute communications strategy for key media contacts and customer references
  • Develop fresh story ideas
  • Conduct extensive media outreach
  • Other marketing activities as assigned by direct supervisor and President


  • Understanding of the basic principles of public relations and marketing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and experience of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & YouTube and other social media platforms
  • Completed or working toward a college degree (junior level and up), preferably in a related field (e.g. Marketing/Communications, Advertising or Public Relations)
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or public relations a plus
  • Knowledge of website content management and graphic design software (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)

Please contact Charlie Kiesling at or at 515-216-2404 for more information and to apply. Please send a resume and cover letter.

Public Policy and Legislative Communications Intern, Iowa Dept. of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health has a paid internship opportunity for a Public Policy and Legislative Communications Administrative Intern.

The position is posted on the Department of Administrative Service (DAS) website ( The job number is 17833BR.

Link can be found here:

The deadline for application is September 22. Students must apply thru the DAS website.

Summer 2017 internship, Boston Globe

The Boston Globe gives 11 interns the opportunity to work as reporters, or as a photographer, designer or copy editor.

The 12-week paid internship places reporter-interns in the Globe’s Metro, Business, Living/Arts, and Sports departments; the photo intern shoots stills and video for all sections, the design intern creates sections fronts and information graphics for print and online, and the copy editing intern works on local and regional, national and business copy, as well as with Staff members provide direction and feedback on a daily basis. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.

The application deadline this year is Oct. 22.

More information on the program and an application can be found at:

Writing intern, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is offering a fall semester internship for credit through the English Department’s Drake Writing Intern program. The Community Foundation provides a valuable network of professionals who are interested in improving the region and those who call it home.

Criteria to serve as a Drake Writing Intern (ENG 199) include:

  • Junior standing with 3.4 GPA (may waive if the student is otherwise a good fit)
  • strong writer
  • community service interest
  • has transportation or willing to use DART (free to Drake students)
  • design, web or video experience a plus

The internship is 1-3 credits (15 to 55 hours for the term). For more information, contact internship coordinator Professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse at

Communications and public affairs internship at the American Red Cross (Des Moines, IA)

Communications/Public Affairs Internship

Fall and Spring Semesters 2016/2017

Red Cross Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Job summary

Assist the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa in showcasing the mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. Develop timely, accurate, relevant and accessible content about the Red Cross in Iowa.


  • Develop content about the American Red Cross in Iowa, including:
    • Interviewing Red Cross “clients” and volunteers in-person and/or over the phone
    • Taking photos and providing well-written captions
    • Capturing videos
      • Examples include:
        • Update on the latest activities from a Red Cross volunteer or worker
        • Demonstration of Red Cross services
        • Disaster client interview
    • Write short vignettes or snapshots about Red Cross service delivery in Iowa -roughly 100-200 words
      • Write stories about Red Cross service delivery in Iowa – longer-form pieces of text (roughly 400-500 words) combined with illustrative photos or videos
        • Examples:
          • Volunteer, partner, or client profiles
          • Historical retrospectives
          • Partnerships
  • Write press releases, as needed, to announce or share newsworthy information.
    • Examples include:
      • Preparedness information
      • Shelter location announcement
      • Other service announcements
  • Post relevant, timely content on Iowa Red Cross Social Media Channels
    • Track the internet and social media for timely content to share that relates to current Red Cross topics, education or marketing efforts or is of interest to our followers
    • When appropriate, comment on others’ content, whether thanking them for the find, adding Red Cross value/perspective or starting a conversation
    • Edit and/or post multi-media content generated by the Red Cross, such as videos, photos, news and tips
    • Respond to comments, messages and tags in a timely manner
    • Support disaster public affairs during a disaster by posting relevant tips, monitoring social media, responding to social media inquiries & comments, alerting public affairs to misinformation.
  • During large responses, assist Red Cross Communications Team with media outreach and other communications duties as assigned
  • Preserve positive image of Red Cross and client confidentiality by using communication skills to discern what information may be released to the public
  • Perform duties in a clear, appropriate, and professional manner with all constituencies, including other disaster team volunteers, paid staff, regional leadership and community partners
  • Act in ways consistent with Red Cross mission, fundamental principles, procedures and guidelines


  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Experience with media or public relations process
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with digital photography
  • Interest in online and social media
  • Access to cell/mobile phone
  • Personal transportation


  • Opportunity to use communications expertise in service to a nonprofit organization
  • Multitude of training opportunities on disaster public affairs
  • Become part of a dynamic and committed cadre of Red Cross volunteers
  • Be a pivotal part of telling the story of the Red Cross, our responses to disaster and our volunteers
  • Work closely with staff members of the Red Cross communications team


Must become a registered American Red Cross volunteer

Upon internship acceptance, but complete online Red Cross courses:

  • Disaster Services: An Overview
  • Public Affairs Essentials
  • Social Basics

This is an unpaid internship.


Contact Communications, (515) 243-6303 or