English Department Communications Internship

Number of positions: 2
Internship term: Spring 2014 Semester, 15 weeks, January 21st – May 9th, 2014
Total credits: 2
Hours: 80 hours (40 per credit hour), approximately 5 per week
Stipend: $500.00
Application Deadline: Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

The English Department is looking for two engaged, self-motivated, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic CSU students, undergraduate or graduate, with good communication and writing skills to help tell the story of the English Department. The interns in this position will help usher the English Department into a new era of communication and community with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. These interns will be developing texts, standards and best practices to be adopted by later interns. As these first interns will be helping construct the foundation of future communication strategies for the department, the department is offering both credit and a stipend for this initial internship term.

Interns will spend most of their time researching, interviewing, attending events, writing, and developing content — both for print and online.  A major responsibility of this internship will be creating content for the department’s new blog. Interns will work directly with the English department’s Communications Coordinator to meet departmental communication needs and complete various content development projects as assigned, including but not limited to creating profiles of people (alumni, faculty & staff, students), programs and projects; conducting interviews; providing event coverage (which would include attendance and photos, along with other modes of recording where relevant); and reporting departmental news and upcoming events.

For these internship positions, some prior reporting or blogging experience and/or education is preferred, as well as an understanding of writing for the web principles and strong communication skills, both in person and in text. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with the English Department, its programs, people, and events – and who are willing to learn more. Content will be developed in various modes, and therefore skill with technologies such as sound recording and photography, as well as image and sound editing experience is preferred.

Applicants should email or bring a cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) by the application deadline to:

English Department
c/o Jill Salahub: Communications Coordinator
359 Eddy Hall
1773 Campus Delivery
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1773