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2016 Internships

The Idaho Media Initiative is hiring interns for the 2016 and 2017 academic year. Interns earn upper-division credit in communication or sociology while building their resume, learning valuable skills and working with media professionals. Ideal interns are communication or sociology students who have an excellent understanding of socialization, media systems and media literacy.  A passion for journalism is a must! Please consider adding an internship to your schedule by applying for one of the following positions.

 

Media Literacy Education Internship

Fall 2016

The Idaho Media Initiative

The Idaho Media Initiative at Boise State University is seeking an intern to assist the non-profit news organization with media literacy education efforts in the community. The IMI works in partnership with Boise State University to serve as a community resource for news, media pedagogy and professional training through education, innovative partnerships, the development of alternative news funding sources, and the production of intelligent and reliable reporting.

Internship Duties

The Media Literacy Education internship will provide a mix of teaching and community relations experience. The intern will execute the following tasks:

  1. Collaborate with other interns, the IMI administrative director and co-creator and support faculty to develop and implement media literacy curriculum and workshops to be presented to K-12 school students and community members.
  2. Research, review and design effective pedagogical strategies.
  3. Create and develop media literacy lesson plans.
  4. Develop media literacy assessment tools.
  5. Establish working relationships with community educators.
  6. Partner with area schools to teach media literacy workshops.
  1. Other administrative and teaching duties as assigned.

Location

This is a telecommuting position with occasional meetings held on the Boise State University Campus. Teaching duties will be performed at events in the Boise community and in area schools.

Qualifications

The Media Literacy Education intern must have the following attributes and skills:

  • Excellent understanding of communication and social theory as it relates to socialization and media systems
  • Excellent writing skills, including strong grammar and editing skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments over the course of a day or week, and shift gears as needed
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – many assignments in this position require the intern to work independently (i.e., writing, research, course design) and to take ownership of his or her role in a project.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word (working knowledge of other programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful but not required).
  • Familiarity with social media and other new media platforms
  • Ability to complete tasks effectively
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity and initiative
  • Ability to interact effectively with others, including a willingness to engage students and community members
  • Ability to plan and organize with little supervision
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude
  • An interest in media and its effects on individual behavior and society
  • A passion for engaging and educating others on media issues

Work Environment

The IMI intern will work in a supportive and nurturing environment where innovation, creativity and forward thinking are valued. The intern will work under direct supervision of the IMI administrative director and in collaboration with the IMI board of directors and founders which includes award winning journalists, professors and university educators. The IMI supports both autonomy and collaboration in a work environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

Credits

1-4 upper division internship credits.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our Media Literacy Internship, please send a cover letter and resume to carissawolf@boisestate.edu.

 

Public Relations/Communication Internship

Fall 2016

The Idaho Media Initiative

The Idaho Media Initiative at Boise State University is seeking an intern to assist the non-profit news organization with public relations and communication efforts related to the launch of the organization and publication of IMI reporting projects. The IMI works in partnership with Boise State University to serve as a community resource for news, media pedagogy and professional training through innovative partnerships, the development of alternative news funding sources, and the production of intelligent and reliable reporting.

Internship Duties

The Public Relations/Communication internship will provide a mix of communications and public relations experience. The intern will help with the following tasks:

  1. Draft a history of IMI funds, how they were used and their impact in the community.
  2. Promote and advertise IMI reporting projects to potential grant applicants.
  3. Promote and advertise IMI projects and services to the community.
  4. Draft story pitches and press releases for media outlets about IMI events and the impact of IMI services and other projects.
  5. Assist with IMI promotion, including outreach to the community, partnering organizations and potential funders.
  6. Draft IMI news stories and content for the IMI website, post the stories to the site, and promote them through the Initiative’s social media outreach and other venues.
  7. Post IMI grant projects and stories to the IMI website.
  8. Plan and organize events related to IMI fundraising, civic engagement, educational outreach and reporting projects.
  9. Other administrative and writing duties as assigned.

Location

This is a telecommuting position with occasional meetings held on the Boise State University Campus. Occasional duties will be performed at events in the Boise community.

Qualifications

The Public Relations/Communication Intern must have the following attributes and skills:

  • Excellent writing skills, including spotless grammar and strong editing skills
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments over the course of a day or week, and shift gears as needed
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – many assignments in this position require the intern to work independently (i.e., writing, research) and to take ownership of his or her role in a project.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word (working knowledge of other programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful but not required).
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Ability to complete tasks effectively
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity and initiative
  • Ability to interact effectively with others, including a willingness to talk on the telephone with staff and community members
  • Ability to plan and organize with little supervision
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude
  • An interest and general aptitude for news and new media ecosystems

Work Environment

The IMI intern will work in a supportive and nurturing environment where innovation, creativity and forward thinking are valued. The intern will work under direct supervision of the IMI administrative director and in collaboration with the IMI board of directors and founders which includes award winning journalists, professors and university educators. The IMI supports both autonomy and collaboration in a work environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

Credits

1-4 upper division internship credits.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our Public Relations/Communication Internship, please send a cover letter and resume to carissawolf@boisestate.edu.

 

Reporting Internship

Fall 2016

The Idaho Media Initiative

The Idaho Media Initiative at Boise State University is seeking an intern to assist the news organization with reporting efforts related to the launch of the organization and publication of IMI reporting projects. The IMI works in partnership with Boise State University to serve as a community resource for news, media pedagogy and professional training through innovative partnerships, the development of alternative news funding sources, and the production of intelligent and reliable reporting.

Internship Duties

The Reporting internship will provide a mix of communications and reporting experience by assisting IMI contracting reporters with the reporting and production of public affairs news content. The intern will help with the following tasks:

  1. Assist reporters with news gathering and writing
  2. Assist reporters with new production
  3. Assist reporters with data and document collection
  4. Draft and edit news stories under the supervision of a contracting reporter.
  5. Other reporting and writing duties as assigned.

Location

This is a telecommuting position with occasional meetings held on the Boise State University Campus. Occasional duties will be performed at events in the Boise community.

Qualifications

The Reporting Intern must have the following attributes and skills:

  • Excellent writing skills, including spotless grammar and strong editing skills
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments over the course of a day or week, and shift gears as needed
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – many assignments in this position require the intern to work independently (i.e., writing, research) and to take ownership of his or her role in a project.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word (working knowledge of other programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful but not required).
  • Familiarity with reporting and news writing
  • Ability to complete tasks effectively
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity and initiative
  • Ability to interact effectively with others, including a willingness to talk on the telephone with staff and community members
  • Ability to plan and organize with little supervision
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude
  • An interest and general aptitude for news and new media ecosystems

Work Environment

The IMI intern will work in a supportive and nurturing environment where innovation, creativity and forward thinking are valued. The intern will work under direct supervision of the IMI administrative director and in collaboration with the IMI board of directors and founders which includes award winning journalists, professors and university educators. The IMI supports both autonomy and collaboration in a work environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

Credits

1-4 upper division internship credits.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our Public Relations/Communication Internship, please send a cover letter and resume to carissawolf@boisestate.edu.