The successful applicant will work in a busy, fast-paced office environment and be responsible for many tasks including news gathering, researching, press release writing, and coordinating, strategizing and handling media interviews. Through the internship, participants can build a valuable portfolio for public relations/media relations employment opportunities.
The Media Relations intern will work directly with the Director of Media Relations and Senior Communications Specialists in the department.
- Responding to media requests for interviews and information
- Assist in developing new story ideas to pitch to the media to secure positive news coverage
- Help to create an editorial calendar to identify media opportunities in select publications, newspapers, and television and radio stations
- Help maintain media tracking database (Meltwater)
- Monitor the media for current news
- Search for daily media clips and post to UTMB’s electronic newsroom
- Help answer the media hotline
- Escort members of the media around campus
- Interview physicians and researchers identified as experts for our website’s media experts page
- Help cover an event, whether it be logistics, fact gathering, photos, or a short press release after the fact
- Attend and participate in staff meetings
- Other administrative duties as needed
- Junior or Senior level college student or graduate student
- Communications, Journalism or English major preferred -- concentrations in PR, Health Communications or Media a plus.
- Excellent communication skills. Good interview techniques. Good listener.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Well organized; able to meet deadlines
- Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting and fact-checking
- Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, related computer skills
- Motivated, self-starter who takes initiative in completing tasks
- Familiarity with Associated Press style
- Flexible times, 20 hours max per week, $10 an hour
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