Category Archives: Part-time

Designer needed for historical society book (request for proposal)

Proposal for Services Needed

Project is for:
Southern District of Iowa Branch, The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

Project contact: Margaret Callahan,

Project Overview

The project is to take text and photographs and combine them into a nonfiction book to be published through the online publisher CreateSpace. The Society desires to have print copies of the book available at the time of a professional conference being held in early August 2018. The Society desires to make the book available also as an e-book and is aware generally that that requires different formatting. The e-book formatting may or may not be considered part of the immediate project, as appropriate.

The book is on local court history and will be designated as a “second edition” of a book put out about 25 years ago.

Project Specifics (as currently known)

We will provide the text in Word format (in standard page size, unless that is an issue). No editing of text is involved in the project. Tasks needed would include —

  • formatting the text for our chosen page size
  • choosing an appropriate type style and size
  • developing an appropriate style for chapter headings, including type size and style
  • working with photos so they print well, and sizing and helping decide where they should be inserted
  • inserting headers and page numbers
  • working with the table of contents
  • setting up the title page and other initial pages to include appropriate information
  • designing (or at least laying out) and formatting, the cover from photos we provide
  • meeting CreateSpace formatting requirements
  • identifying additional issues to make the book conform to a reasonably professional standard

The book size is to be 6 inches by 9 inches. As a rough estimate, the book will have about 600 pages (if it reaches 700 pages, we will cut the text some, because that seems to affect CreateSpace margin requirements).

We would like the book to have chapter-specific page headers on the right-hand pages (book title headers on the left). The book will be divided into around 60 sections which might need separate headers.

The book will include around 30 lists of names and dates that may (or may not) need special formatting to appear correctly in the final version.

We want the book to have justified type. Also, the text will include some features such as indented block quotes, italic titles of case and book names, and section symbols in citations to legal documents. The book will not have footnotes as such but will have collections of “reference notes” at the end of some of the sections.

The book will include around 37 portrait-style photos and around 9 additional photos. Only about half of these are currently in electronic format. Some of the photos may be available only from the print, pdf or Word version of the original book; we might or might not find prints of these photos in old files.


The main focus is the desired completion date stated in the project overview.

A tentative timetable would be:

  • Friday, July 6 – submission of book and cover files to CreateSpace
  • Friday, July 6 to Thursday, July 26 – receipt and proofreading of proof copy by Society members and Society project participants; addressing of any technical issues by designer/formatter
  • Friday, July 27 – submission of final, approved book and cover files to CreateSpace

It seems that the adequacy of this timetable might depend on the amount of work needed after original submission. We would be open to suggestion whether more — or less – time might be needed in this regard.

We would seek to provide all text by approximately June 20. This is somewhat negotiable; we would try to meet an earlier date if this leaves inadequate time for design/formatting. (We could potentially provide material some material earlier, if receipt in installments would be a help rather than a hindrance.)



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:

Startup student publication pays for investigative journalism

Students at Trinity University in San Antonio announce a startup publication called The Contemporary. The website’s goal is to empower collegiate journalists to report on the intersection between important local and national issues near and on campus. This semester, The Contemporary will be paying student journalists to investigate pressing issues in a long-form format.

If you would like more information, please visit the websiteIf you are interested in contributing a story, please fill out this story pitch form.

The Contemporary team has won venture funding from the Stumberg Entrepreneurship Competition. It has also partnered with Trinity University in a successful fundraising campaign.

The Contemporary has collaborated with over 20 universities and publications to present unique insights to readers.

​If you have any questions, contact business manager Zabdi Salazar   at or

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

Summer internships at Iowa Secretary of State

1. Summer Social Media/Multimedia Projects Internship

 This internship at the Iowa Secretary of State’s office would consist of managing the social media and online presence, content production and marketing for multiple projects.

 The internship is for the Summer Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

  • Monitoring and Management of multiple social media pages 
  • Regular content production including but not limited to images, copy and video
  • Planning out long term strategy and content calendars for social media
  • Keeping track of and responding to constituent interactions

 Experience in videography and graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere preferred.

Background in Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here:

2. Summer 2018 Business Services Communications Internship

With the Secretary of State’s Office being the small business portal of Iowa, we must celebrate the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Business Services Intern is responsible for contacting small businesses to create entrepreneurship related content for the Iowa Secretary of State’s social media pages. Additional responsibilities include assisting office manager with business services work and organizational tasks.

Creating social media content promoting entrepreneurship and Iowa small business

  • Interviewing small businesses
  • Organization of our social media content calendars
  • Creating content and managing the Secretary of State’s LinkedIn page
  • Entering new business services accounts

The internship is for the Summer Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

Background in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here:


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 Contact Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst ( for information on doing the internship for credit.