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Communications Postgraduate Internship

Application Deadline: Feb. 9, 2015, 5 p.m. ET

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals that are hell-bent on improving the Society’s offerings and operations — while making a name for themselves. After training, we get out of the way and give them the freedom to do just that.

We’re looking for a candidate to fill a yearlong internship for writing, marketing, social media and public relations efforts. The full-time position, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave.

What we’re looking for:

— Someone who is so organized, they know the birthdays and anniversaries of all their relatives.
— Someone who is a whiz on social media, has experience with marketing and is capable of sharing information in ways that make people listen.
— Someone who can jump from task to task with cat-like nimbleness.
— Someone who knows stuff about journalism, even a little.
— Someone who isn’t an ass and gets along with just about anyone.
— Someone who asks a lot of questions, but knows when to shut up and get to work.
— Someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
— Someone familiar with AP Style.
— Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
— Someone who isn’t a wimp.
— Someone who reads this detailed description from top to bottom.

Education requirement

There is no specific education or discipline requirement, though the position is ideal for a person who recently completed a bachelor’s or master’s program. Past interns have come out of undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism, communications, public relations and public policy/public administration. Most important, the applicant should demonstrate a strong desire to create innovative communications strategies for SPJ and keep the organization moving forward with the dynamic industry it supports.

Primary duties will include:

— working with SPJ’s board and staff to create and distribute internal and external messages.
— managing, maintaining, building and expanding SPJ’s social media presence.
— assisting in marketing and promoting all of SPJ’s products and services.
— organizing media inquiries, interviews and helping to prepare board members and leaders for media opportunities.
— providing editorial content for all of SPJ’s communications vehicles, including its website, member magazine (Quill) and weekly e-newsletter.

Deadline and start date

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 9, 2015. The anticipated start date is May/June 2015, and will last one year from the start date.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, 3-5 writing samples relevant to this job description and three professional references to Joe Skeel via:

1. Google Drive (preferred)

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2. Mail-in option

Society of Professional Journalists
ATTN: Joe Skeel
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

For more information

Contact Joe Skeel, Executive Director, via email or by phone at 317-927-8000, ext. 216.

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