Category Archives: Internships

Writing internship with the Iowa Economic Development Downtown Revitalization Pilot Program

This is a position available through Drake Writing Internships for the Iowa Economic Development Downtown Revitalization Pilot Program, coordinated with the Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning.

rake Writing interns work 50-55 hours between September and December (about 4-5 hours per week).

The position is unpaid. Interns enroll in English 199 (Internships) and receive 3 elective credits.

Preferred experience: Writing, with background in internet use, marketing, and graphic design a plus. Interns would select from a range of projects involving local historical research; oral interviews & editing of audio recordings; webpage content; revision of community promotional and business recruitment literature; writing scripts for historical tours; social media work. In addition, students would be expected to visit the community of Manning (mileage reimbursed) at least once during the internship. City representatives will be able to consult with the intern on campus, and much of the work will be done remotely.

To apply: Applicants for internships are asked to apply online through the Drake Writing Internship program.

Application deadline: September 10, 2016.

Writing internship at Ariya Magga Buddhist Missionary Society of Des Moines

This is a position available through Drake Writing Internships for the Ariya Magga Buddhist Missionary Society of Des Moines.

Drake Writing interns work 50-55 hours between September and December (about 4-5 hours per week).

The position is unpaid. Interns enroll in English 199 (Internships) and receive upper-division 3 elective credits.

Preferred experience: Writing, with background in internet use, social media marketing, and graphic design a plus. Client seeks writing for grant and crowdfunding narratives (like Kickstarter).

To apply: Applicants for internships are asked to apply online through the Drake Writing Internship program.

Application deadline: September 10, 2016.

Marketing and Communications Intern at Special Olympics Iowa

Special Olympics Iowa is looking for a fall semester Marketing/Communications Intern.

We’re specifically looking for someone who likes to write AND design. Duties will include helping with social media, writing for the website, taking photos, and designing posters/brochures/signage/and social posts. There are several big projects coming up that will need a lot of design work, so someone who knows their Adobe inside and out is preferred.

The position is, unfortunately, unpaid, but the intern will get plenty of stuff for their portfolio, lots of free food and swag, the chance to go to some SOIA events, and they’d report directly to the Marketing & Communications Manager (A Drake Grad!), and she comes with the promise of lunch and coffee buys, playing loud rock music in the office, and early morning TV recaps. The intern would also be able to set their own hours depending on their schedule and are able to get college credit for the internship.

If interested, email a resume and three work samples to Any questions can be directed her way, too.

Marketing and Communications Internship, Special Olympics Iowa – Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)

Location: 551 SE Dovetail Road, Grimes, Iowa
Hours: Negotiable

Primary Duties:
• Assist with all aspects of social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
• Assist with coordinating information and news for the Special Olympics Iowa website
• Assist with updating Special Olympics Iowa LETR web pages
• Research, write and edit news releases for distribution
• Work closely with the development team on media relations
• Assist with coordination of fundraising events and logistics
• Assist with creating brochures and other marketing materials
• Conduct project-related research
• Other duties and projects as assigned

This position will work closely with law enforcement officers across Iowa as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Iowa. The ideal candidate will be a college student in the field of communications, journalism, advertising or public relations with some experience in marketing and event planning. The student must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be detail-oriented and have excellent computer skills.

Strong social media skills and the ability to produce, edit and post YouTube videos a plus. This non-paid internship offers outstanding opportunities to build a portfolio and resume in addition to solid career experience. Special Olympics Iowa will work with the intern to develop a schedule that coordinates with their classes and/or employment.

To apply:
The position is open until filled. Interested students are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter as soon as possible to Rachel Bosworth, LETR Marketing and Event Coordinator at For more details call 515-986-5520 ext. 108. Learn more about Special Olympics Iowa at

Marketing and communication intern, Iowa International Center


Marketing and Communications Intern (15-20 hours, unpaid)

Organization Description:

Iowa International Center is a non-profit organization that exists to build cultural respect at home and around the world, one person at a time. Each year the Iowa International Center works with over 150 international visitors from more than 60 countries. Other programs include interpretation and translation services, international events and dialogues. More information is available at

 Internship Description:

The Iowa International Center is working to increase name recognition and overall community presence to both make our services and resources more well-known in the community, as well as lift our profile in front of potential funders and grant makers. He/she will gain critical business, marketing and administrative experience through assisting IIC in creating and updating marketing materials, strategic content development for web and print communications and much more.

 Benefits & Opportunities:

  • Gain real-world work experience and develop/enhance skills in the areas of marketing, project management, research, problem solving and interpersonal communication
  • Increase knowledge and appreciation of other countries and cultures
  • Receive academic credit (pending your advisor’s approval)


  • Promote Iowa International Center events and programs on community calendars
  • Assist with creating and distributing posters and flyers for monthly Dialogue events
  • Assist with monthly e-newsletter – including editing, emailing, and print format development
  • Update and calendars with free and relevant community events, as well as ongoing IIC events
  • Assist with social media including planning, scheduling posts, content review, promotion, graphic development, etc.
  • Assist with grant and donor prospect research, proposal writing and editing
  • Assist in writing press releases for events and programs
  • Update websites and track changes on a weekly basis to ensure content is current
  • Assist with content development and design of general marketing materials
  • Assist with event management including set up, hosting guests, videotaping and post-event video production


  • College student or recent graduate seeking professional experience and/or academic internship credit
  • Background in any of the following (but not limited to): business, communications, marketing, management, information technology, or international relations. Those seeking experience in non-profit development and fundraising may also find additional opportunities to research grants and other funding opportunities as time allows.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently while also working as part of a team
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and deadlines, and maintain accurate records
  • Problem solving skills, including the ability to resolve conflicts and recommend an appropriate course of action
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel required); knowledge of databases a plus (FileMaker Pro and Salesforce), as well as desktop publishing and graphics software (Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop) a plus

 Work Schedule:

  • Internships occur during fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Must commit 15 hours per week; weekly schedule is negotiable and flexible (Office hours 8:00 AM-5:00 PM)

For consideration please submit a completed application, resume and cover letter to the intern manager.

Please direct application and inquiries to:

Janet Norton, Intern Manager
Iowa International Center
319 7th Street, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-282-8269, ext. 12 | Fax: 515-282-0454

Marketing and Communications Intern – Iowa International Center application (Fall 2016)[1]

Graphic Design and Social Media Service-Learning Ambassador (Drake)

Drake University’s Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning is looking to hire a student ($9/hour) for the 2016-2017 school year to serve as Graphic Design and Social Media Service-Learning Ambassador.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain graphic design and social media experience in the non-profit sector. The student holding this position has the ability to share his or her talents with Drake and the surrounding community as they work to connect Drake students with service-learning and community service opportunities. This student will work along side the 6-7 Service-Learning Ambassadors in the office who serve at various community partner agencies to create promotional materials furthering their programs.

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter of 500 words or less, resume, and up to 3 samples of relevant work to Amanda Martin at by August 10, 2016.

Each applicant must list on their resume one reference, either a faculty, staff, or community partner who can speak to your organization/management, teamwork and professional skills.



  • Must be able to manage multiple projects at once
  • Must be able to adhere to the branding guidelines of Drake University and various community partners
  • SLA will need to be available for SLA Orientation August 25-26, 2016

Job Responsibilities

  • Update the Community Engagement and Service-Learning website as necessary
  • Maintain Social Media such as Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and Blog
  • Design flyers and promotional materials to promote community engagement and service-learning
  • Will work a total of 6-7 hours per week, minimum of two hours held in office
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Participate in professional development with the Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning
  • Support other Service Learning Ambassador’s events and initiatives
  • Regularly monitor e-mail and communication as deadlines are short and come in multiples

For more information or to apply, contact Amanda Martin (, Drake’s service-learning programs coordinator.



Communications Intern, Easter Seals Iowa

Communications Intern

Easter Seals Iowa seeks a student intern for a short-term project that will assist the organization in its transition to a statewide center for assistive technology.  Based in Des Moines, Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

This fall the organization will be working to expand and grow the reach of its services for medical equipment and assistive technology throughout the state.  The student intern will assess the current communications practices and materials to determine the steps needed for a successful launch of an expanded program.  The student may also research target audiences and begin implementation of the program and communications launch, depending upon the steps necessary and time frame.

Requirements: Public relations, marketing or journalism student with junior or senior status. Knowledge of planning, branding principles, social media strategies.

Time frame of internship: August-September 2016

Student will be compensated based on an eight week internship, approximately 10 hours/week at $10/hour.

Apply to Tracy Keninger, by July 15, 2016.