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The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the preservation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals who are determined to improve the Society’s offerings and operations while also making a name for themselves.

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Communications Post-Graduate Internship

Communications Post-Graduate Internship

Reports to: Director of Communications
Apply by: December 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Basic Function

The communications intern will assist in the implementation of an overall communications and marketing strategy for the organization and specific programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in developing, updating and implementing marketing plans for programs and services, including but not limited to the annual conference, awards programs and training events. Plans should take into account marketing before, during and after each program.
  • Manage social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram), including daily engagement with respective communities.
  • Create and distribute weekly e-newsletter, SPJ Leads.
  • Help keep board and staff current on news related to the Society’s missions and goals.
  • Work with board and staff, including the director of communications, to create and distribute Society news releases, statements, letters and announcements.
  • Assist other staff members in promoting SPJ programs and services.
  • Manage on-site social media coverage of SPJ’s events, including but not limited to the annual convention and the Future Leaders Academy.
  • Update and maintain media lists.
  • In the absence of the director of communications, manage media inquiries, organize interviews and appearances by leaders, the executive director and other experts when necessary.
  • Assist in posting content to SPJ.org.
  • Provide editorial content for all communications vehicles, including website, Quill magazine and other materials as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned by the director of communications or executive director.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a recent college graduate, with a degree in public relations, journalism, communications, marketing or related field.
  • Writing and/or reporting experience required, including proficiency in AP Style.
  • Should be able to manage multiple tasks, remain organized and meet deadlines.
  • Decision-making, problem-solving and research skills are necessary.
  • Should be able to express ideas and opinions clearly and concisely.
  • Should be outgoing and self confident with a willingness to take initiative and work cooperatively with others.
  • Proficient computer skills and extensive social media experience required.
  • Strong work ethic and a positive attitude are a must.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with nonprofits
  • Experience and/or involvement with SPJ
  • Experience managing social media accounts and using social media scheduling software
  • Experience writing and sending marketing emails and distributing press releases

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their resume, additional materials and three professional references to Zoë Berg (zberg@spj.org). Please type “Communications Post-Graduate Internship” in the subject line.


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The Society of Professional Journalists is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. SPJ will apply its diversity mission to hiring with a written policy and approach to:

— Actively seek diverse candidates
— Advertise broadly
— Craft job descriptions to be inclusive
— Include diverse candidates within the interview pool

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