Public Relations Intern

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The Public Relations (PR) Intern oversees the media relations functions of the College Autism Network (CAN). This PR specialist will establish relationships with local and national press outlets for the purpose of securing placement in paper, TV, and online publications. As part of the Media and Communication team (Graphic Design, Video Production, Web Development and Design, and Social Media) the PR intern will help accelerate the growing media presence of CAN.

The Public Relations (PR) Intern oversees the media relations functions of the College Autism Network (CAN). This PR specialist will establish relationships with local and national press outlets for the purpose of securing placement in paper, TV, and online publications. As part of the Media and Communication team (Graphic Design, Video Production, Web Development and Design, and Social Media) the PR intern will help accelerate the growing media presence of CAN.

To Apply...

We welcome applicants from any institution. Most internships can be completed remotely using web-based technology. 

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to 
info@CollegeAutismNetwork.org

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: 

  • Why do you want to work with the College Autism Network?
  • In what ways could you make a distinctive contribution to the College Autism Network?

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Draft public relations materials including press releases, pitch Letters, and fact sheets
  • Build strategic partnerships with media representatives on both local and national levels for purpose of introducing organization and creating opportunities for placement
  • Lead media research efforts to develop potential media relations and advertising campaigns
  • Take a leadership role in the continued development of the organization’s Media Kit
  • Work with CAN leadership to guide messaging
  • Represent the organization as media contact at CAN-related events when possible
  • Assist with other media and communications functions as needed

QUALIFICATIONS (Preferred)

The ideal candidate is a creative writer, strong editor, and innovative cultivator of relationships.

  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate majoring in Public Relations, Writing, Editing and Media, English, or related field
  • Excellent writing and research skills (please submit a writing sample with application)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and social media networks
  • Ability to interact professionally with media representatives and other stakeholders
  • Comfort working with undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members and administrators
  • Willingness to take independent initiative while fulfilling responsibilities as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of tools
  • Flexibility and organization to balance multiple tasks simultaneously

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of this experience, the intern will:

  • Grow their professional portfolio to advance career prospects
  • Develop skills in media research and relationship development
  • Build professional connections locally and nationally
  • Contribute to a rapidly growing entrepreneurial organization focused on social justice
  • Gain an understanding of how a nonprofit organization operates, including how public relations functions contribute to the mission and vision of the organization

COMPENSATION, CREDIT, and WORK CONDITIONS

This volunteer position may be eligible for internship, independent study, and/or institution-specific (e.g., Garnet & Gold) academic credit. The position requires approximately 10 hours/week, has flexible hours, and can be completed remotely as needed. Initial appointment is for one semester, though we are especially eager to work with interns who foresee potential year-long involvement.