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START fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to create a team to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

START Communications Team Internship


START Communications Team Internship

Deadline: 
June 30, 2017
Type: 
Internships
Semester: 
Fall
Semester Year: 
2017

Description

The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this summer semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design. 

Supervisor: Jessica Rivinius (rivinius@start.umd.edu) and Beth Schwartz (eschwar4@umd.edu)

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 11:59pm

US Citizenship Required: Yes

Team Meeting Times: TBD

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing and editing press releases and feature stories
  • Planning and attending events
  • Developing and tracking media lists
  • Monitoring social media
  • Assisting with strategic planning and implementation
  • Engaging in START’s educational enrichment program

Required/minimum qualifications:

  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate student specializing in journalism, public relations, or a related field
  • Excelling writing and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred/ideal qualifications:

  • Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator and Photoshop
  • MS Publisher

Communications Internship Instructions:

In addition to the internship-wide application requirement of the two-page writing sample, we strongly prefer that candidates for this position submit communications-related work samples such as articles, web copy, or brochures.

General Information for all START Internships

Location:

START Headquarters is located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. The building is adjacent to the University of Maryland, College Park campus. All internship hours must be completed at START HQ unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted.

Schedule Requirements:

Orientation Date: Friday, August 25, 2017. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.
Internship Duration: Monday, August 28, 2017 to Monday, December 11, 2017. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.
Work Hours: All interns must work at least 10 hours per week during the Fall 2017 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8-hour shifts.

Other Information:

  • All internships are UNPAID and START is unable to provide travel stipends or housing arrangements.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department, if possible.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit, you must indicate this on your application form. Be sure to notify your internship supervisor if you need to work more than 20 hours per work for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to Fall 2017, must submit a separate application for each semester with the correct application form for that semester.

How to Apply for START Internships:

START is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017. The application form will be open until Friday, June 30, 2017 11:59pm. Late, incomplete, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered.To access the application: click here.

Notes:

  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirements of each internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in the revocation of any offer made.
  • Address your cover letter to the internship supervisor of your first choice project.
  • Failure to complete the application form in full, including the selection of 1-3 internship preferences could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Failure to submit the proper materials according to the directions provided in the project description could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, only top candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Applicants may be asked to attend more than one interview.
  • Any successful candidate will be asked to respond with a firm acceptance within 24 hours of the offer being made. Failure to respond could result in the vacancy passed to another candidate.
  • Any questions regarding the specific requirements for the internship vacancy should be directed to the supervisor(s) listed for the project.
  • Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the START Education Team at internships-start@umd.edu.

Application Materials:

All internship applicants must submit all materials in one .pdf file using the file name format:

LastName, FirstName_InternCandidate.pdf or .doc.

 The internship application packet should include the following documents in the following order:

  • One page cover letter
  • One page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two-page writing sample (Communications applicants must submit two writing samples.)

Note for International Students:

START welcomes applications from international students for all of our internships where US citizenship is not a requirement (see the qualifications listed for each project for details).

It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their visa or immigration status permits them to undertake an unpaid internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork, like documented approval from your home institution, is available and processed in time for the start of the internship. Failure to comply with these stipulations, or provide the paperwork required to verify your status, will result in your internship offer being rescinded without further consideration. START is unable to sponsor visas for non-US Citizens due to the short timeline of our program and the lengthy processing time for visas. Unfortunately, this largely limits our ability to accept anything other than F-1 visas on regular, not OPT, status.