Cool Internships

internships_paperCorporate & Organizational Communication majors are required to do an internship in order to graduate. This article will guide you toward a cool internship.

Organizations sometimes don’t list whether they have openings for internships, so don’t be afraid to get in contact with someone in charge. When I started to look for my internship for summer year, I had to email, call, and check with all the organizations I applied to. I will be giving you some organizations to take a look at that are offering internships. Here are some great opportunities for students who are still looking for an internship:

The first one is the Evansville Museum, in Evansville, Indiana, for either Marketing or Communication majors. Current juniors or seniors, graduate students and recent graduates can be considered. Primarily, the Marketing and Communication Intern will assist in publicity and marketing efforts for exhibitions, public events, education initiatives and general Museum news. From media research and outreach to creating press materials and overseeing their distribution, as an intern you will learn how the department functions within a not-for-profit arts organization, and how press stories are handled from the idea stage to publication. Another key component will be working with digital media and the museum’s own online face – web site, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You will work closely with the Director of Membership & Marketing and will leave the museum with an understanding not only of the PR and Marketing field, but also insight into the mechanics of a museum. For more information on this opportunity, visit http://www.emuseum.org/internships. If interested, send or drop off your resume at the museum: 411 SE Riverside Dr., Evansville, IN 47713.

The second opportunity is with the American Heart Association, located in Louisville, Kentucky, as a special events Intern for their Heart Ball. The American Heart Association is seeking an intern to assist with fund raising and special events. You must be a college student currently enrolled in classes (preferably on a full-time basis) who is organized and detail-oriented. The intern should have an academic major in writing, English, communication or public relations, previous fund raising experience, with a desire to work in a non-profit setting with a specific focus on event implementation. Interns are considered an integral part of the team and, as such, his or her ideas and input will be welcomed. The anticipated time frame is for summer 2015 or 2016. You will be work 10-20 hours per week. The job requirements are to have a professional demeanor, strong writing skills, strong telephone skills/etiquette; the ability to manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines; proficient in Microsoft Office programs; the ability to work independently with little direction, comfortable working with a variety of people including volunteers, vendors, and donors; willingness to provide a background check and driving record. Your job duties will consist of reporting to the Louisville Heart Ball Director and Administrative Associate; assisting with writing, editing and proofreading; assisting with mailings through management of database, printing labels, assembling packets, etc.; making calls to solicit donations or items needed; and assisting with event logistics and planning. You can locate this internship at https://www.internmatch.com/internships/american-heart-association–29/special-events-intern-heart-ball?show_location=302412.

These are both great opportunities for Communication majors. Internships are hard to find if you are not willing to search for what you really want. See internship director, Dr. Mize Smith, or the WKU Center for Career & Professional Development. Both are very helpful with finding you an internship and looking over your resume and cover letter. Don’t be afraid to travel and move around in order to find the internship you really want.

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