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Paid Fall Internship - Media Relations at UTMB Galveston

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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



ABOUT UTMB:  Texas' first academic health center opened its doors in 1891 and today comprises four health sciences schools, three institutes for advanced study, a research enterprise that includes one of only two national laboratories dedicated to the safe study of infectious threats to human health, and a health system offering a full range of primary and specialized medical services throughout Galveston County and the Texas Gulf Coast region. UTMB is a component of the University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center.


Raul Reyes
Author: Raul Reyes