Category Archives: Internships

Admission fellow, Drake University

The Drake University Admission Fellow Program selects one student of senior standing to represent the University in a variety of settings throughout the academic year. The primary function of the Admission Fellow is to oversee the Admission Coleition program, assist with group visit programs, serve as an admission representative and execute various administrative tasks. Additionally, the Fellow will meet with students and families during campus visits, represent the University at college fairs and other external events, and be involved in an array of admission-related activities throughout the academic year. The position, which pays $8.25 per hour, requires between 10 – 20 hours during the fall and spring semesters (including occasional Saturday duty).


The Admissions Fellow Program is a vital part of the admissions process. Candidates seeking the position should seriously consider their commitment to Drake University and to the Office of Admission.


Selection for the program is competitive. Interested students should complete and submit the application found on Blueview by May 10, 2018. Candidates selected for personal interviews will be notified by telephone. Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, all applicants may not be invited for an interview. Those students selected for interviews will be contacted by the Office of Admission as soon as possible and interviews and selection will be completed by the end of the school year.


In the past, training for the Admission Fellow position will begin in August prior to the start of the fall semester; however other arrangements can be made if necessary

Questions regarding the Admission Fellow Program should be directed to Deneen Dygert, Office of Admission, Cole Hall, 271-2096 or


On Painted Street volunteers needed

The application is open for students to take over Drake’s student-led Instagram account @OnPaintedStreet. A different student takes over this account each week, all year. The summer dates will be from May 21 through Aug. 27. The summer accounts typically show off the cool internships and other opportunities that Drake students experience. Last summer, a student contributor worked with the Solheim cup and another had an internship with the Broadway League in New York City.

Students have also used the summer slots to show off how cool Des Moines is with visits to the state fair, art festival, or the farmer’s market. The content is used in admission materials, and on the homepage. 

Interested students can fill out the application here:

Ankeny Community School District Design and Web Internship (Ankeny, IA)

This internship is primarily focused on the website for the school district, but would also be beneficial to Project Management, Marketing or other Communications majors.

Contact: Michelle Siefkas, Webmaster, 515-289-3951.

To Apply: email resume, website samples, & cover letter to by the date listed below.

Selection Process: Interview with Communications Director and the Webmaster. Send resume and a minimum of three reasons this internship sounds interesting to you.

Time Period: Summer Internship: June-August. Apply by May 4th.

Hours: Can be flexibly scheduled Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to accommodate the student’s class schedule. 400-hour goal will accommodate most university internship requirements.

Location: Ankeny Community Schools District Office, 306 SW School Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

Compensation: Unpaid, but will structure internship to meet course credit requirements.

Responsibilities: Under supervision of the Webmaster, and dependent upon demonstrated skill in various areas, the intern will:

Create layouts for best user experience:

  • New web pages (and editing of existing pages).
  • Restructure content on web pages.
  • Troubleshooting errors/bugs.
  • User experience.
  • Other non-recurring communications.
  • Posting web pages and news stories.
  • Monitoring website for functionality.
  • Organize content of district website.
  • Formatting and creating documents and data in google drive.
  • Develop public messages needed for sustained positive public relations. This may include
  • news releases, web page content, social media, special events, etc.
  • Update informational materials on the district, which may include social media, web pages, photos, and other items.
  • Research of new web tools and development of social media to integrate with the district website
  • Other duties as assigned (may include filing, researching, and clerical tasks)

Requirements: Strong technical skills. Preferably a student with a major or minor in computer science, marketing, or some other form of web development. Strong grammar and proofreading skills. Strong research skills.

Preferred Skills: Experience with Google Drive, Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with website navigation/design or user experience. Experience with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, and other programs. Photography or videography experience.

Multi-Media Summer Intern, Graphic Design/Video (Full-Time); Blackbird Investments, Des Moines

Blackbird Investments is seeking a dependable, self-motivated intern with a strong interest in graphic design and video production/post-production to join our marketing team this summer. The intern will collaborate with other members of the marketing and sales department to implement the creative vision and direction of design materials and will be responsible for leading and editing video features for Blackbird Investments. The position is open to undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students — the internship is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on, multi-media experience. This paid internship will run from mid-May to mid-August. Hours are flexible, but some nights and weekends may be required for shooting.


  • Collaborate with marketing and sales team to design concepts for print, digital, and video applications
  • Create graphics to be used for videos, website, social media, etc.
  • Conceptualize, shoot, and edit original video content
  • Exhibit compelling storytelling through all content and platforms
  • Create one short video per week to be used for ongoing website and social media use
  • Bring new ideas for design and content creation to the team
  • Ensure all content is on-brand, consistent in style, quality, and voice

Required Qualifications:

  • Current student — major in graphic design, digital media, visual communications, or related field taking relevant coursework
  • Proficiency in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and other design programs
  • Proven ability for graphic design including best practices, layout and design, visual composition, creativity, and copywriting
  • Basic editing/post-production experience
  • Basic understanding of Premiere Pro and/or related programs
  • Ability to operate under pressure, be flexible, and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong self-starter and capable of working independently
  • Experience setting up and conducting interviews
  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a link to your portfolio to The deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.

Learn More:
To learn more about the culture at Blackbird Investments, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Intern, office of the Drake president

Selection Criteria: One current Sophomore or Junior
Time Commitment:   Flexible hours: 10 to 20 hours per month
Pay: $10 per hour

Through this internship, students will:

  • Learn about higher education administration (Application of academic knowledge)
  • Develop and enhance leadership and project management skills (Skill development)
  • Work with senior leaders at the university on projects (Skill development)
  • Gain an understanding of the requirements of serving as a senior leader in an institution of higher education (Professional insights)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Drake University and higher education (Professional insights)
  • Enhance personal and professional skills and expand professional networks (Personal Development)


The President’s Office Intern will primarily support project-based work and ‘shadow’ the President on specific meetings and events.   Minimal to no clerical work is expected.

Project-based work will be driven from the Chief of Staff on an ‘as needed’ basis. As project needs arise, the Chief of Staff will contact the intern to determine duties related to these projects.

Additionally, at the beginning of each month, the intern will meet with the Assistant to the President to review meetings on the President’s schedule. The intern will then ‘shadow’ the President at applicable meetings or events. The time at these meetings will largely be to observe.

The President’s Office Intern is expected to serve a one-year term with the possibility of it being renewed for a second year. (as applicable)


The President’s Office of Drake University seeks a highly motivated Sophomore or Junior dedicated to combining their academic development with the success of the University. This position creates an opportunity for students to sharpen their professional and interpersonal skills and helps build relationships between administration and students.

Participants will further develop leadership and project management skills and apply undergraduate experiences to help achieve university and departmental goals.

The President’s Office intern is expected to conduct her/himself with the highest levels of professionalism and help serve as representatives of the university. Due to the nature of the position, interns are expected to wear business casual attire for all meetings.

Applicants should apply to Cheryle Anania by April 24, 2018 at

Summer marketing internship at architectural firm

Shive-Hattery, a Des Moines architectural and engineering firm, is offering a paid summer marketing internship.

Recognized in 2018 as the Best Workplace for Young Professionals by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Shive-Hattery is seeking a creative marketing intern — one who is eager to sharpen his or her graphic design, writing and communication skills while expanding his or her network and building personal relationships with respected people in the architectural and engineering industry.

Marketing Interns will work in multiple areas assisting marketing coordinators and business development in areas such as the following.

  • Creating compelling proposals
  • Presentation and interview preparation
  • Persuasive writing
  • Event planning
  • Marketing operations

This is what you can expect from your internship at Shive-Hattery:

  • Meaningful work: you will work on real-life projects that impact our business – not busywork.
  • Personal growth: working in a professional environment will allow you to put into practice the theories and concepts you’ve learned in school while learning from leaders in the marketing realm.
  • Expanded network: you will be working in Shive-Hattery’s largest office with 100+ design and engineering professionals.

Job requirements:

  • Undergraduates: must be a full-time student
  • Be able to complete a 10- to 12-week program beginning in June 2018
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Great communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Ability to work in a variety of team environments

For more information or to apply:

Glenda Durst, Business Development Manager
Shive-Hattery, Inc. |
4125 Westown Parkway | Suite 100 | West Des Moines, IA 50266
515.223.8104 ext. 4397 | 515.333.4901 | 800.798.8104

D.M. church seeks web, social media help

Unity of Des Moines, a progressive, non-denominational church, is looking for a student communications volunteer. The unpaid position involves helping with the church’s social media outreach and providing content for the church website and keeping it updated. 

The church is located at 414 31st St. in Des Moines, but the web work can be done from anywhere. For more information, call or text board member Julie Russell at 240-0113, or email