Employment Opportunities with SPJ
Communications Postgraduate Internship
Application Deadline: May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nations 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 who are determined to improve the Societys 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.
Were looking for a candidate to fill a two-year 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 were 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 journalism.
Someone who gets along with just about anyone.
Someone who asks a lot of questions, but knows when to get to work.
Someone familiar with AP Style.
Someone familiar with HTML coding.
Someone familiar with Google AdWords.
Someone who can work independently as well as with supervisors.
Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
Someone who reads this detailed description from top to bottom.
There is no specific education or discipline requirement, though the position is ideal for a person who recently completed a bachelors or masters degree in a journalism or communications program. Past interns have come out of undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing 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 SPJs board and staff to create and distribute internal and external messages.
managing, maintaining, building and expanding SPJs social media presence.
providing editorial content for all of SPJs communications vehicles, including its member magazine (Quill) and weekly and monthly e-newsletters.
building and maintaining media contact lists to advance SPJs advocacy.
creating and implementing marketing plans for campaigns throughout the year.
assisting in marketing and promoting all of SPJs products and services.
organizing media inquiries, interviews and helping to prepare board members and leaders for media opportunities.
Application deadline and start date
Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, May 4, 2018. The anticipated start date is May/June 2018, and will last two years.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Jennifer Royer via:
1. Email (preferred)
Send your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type Communications Coordinator Position in the subject line.
2. Mail-in option
Society of Professional Journalists
ATTN: Jennifer Royer
3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46208
For more information
Contact Jennifer Royer, director of communications and marketing, via email or by phone at 317-361-4134.
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
Craft job descriptions to be inclusive
Include diverse candidates within the interview pool