Spring 2020 UW Institutional Communications Internship

UW Institutional Communications Spring Internship Job Description

Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 26

About: The Division of Public Relations is the umbrella administrative unit that includes Institutional Communications and Institutional Marketing. Our expert staff provide central marketing, media and community relations, graphic design, photography, videography, website and social media services to the UW community.

About the Communications Internship: The UW Communications intern is assigned a variety of public relations tasks and programs. These include specific beat assignments with the UW Departments of Music, and Theatre and Dance; UW Presents (formerly UW Cultural Programs); the Campus Activities Center and 7200 Entertainment; hometown releases; and feature releases.

The intern will handle personnel announcements approved during meetings of the UW Board of Trustees, and also is responsible for tracking and updating the weekly campus calendar that is sent to media outlets and included in the Monday campuswide newsletter. All written releases are distributed to proper media channels.

The intern will learn the basic skills of public relations, working with UW professionals; the student also will be required to have good working relationships with his/her on-campus contacts, which includes program directors, administrators, staff and students.

Learning good communication skills also will be part of the intern’s training; we expect the intern to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times in this position. At times, the intern may be privy to sensitive information, and we expect the student to conduct herself/himself in that manner as would any of the UW Institutional Communications and Marketing specialists currently on staff.

Additionally, the intern will assist with special events such as building dedications, media interviews and other events that may occur during his/her assigned hours; that includes media conferences and special public relations projects. Some may be after hours, such as the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance’s Business After Hours social events or major UW events. And if her/his time allows, the student will participate in weekly Institutional Communications staff meetings.

The position is non-paid — but can be taken for credit. We require that the student be in the office at least two hours each day for a total of 10 hours per week, but this is negotiable upon the student’s class schedule.

For more information, contact: Milton D. Ontiveroz, UW Institutional Communications Specialist, (307) 766-6709 or miltono@uwyo.edu

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I'm an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming. In my ninth year at UW, I regularly teach multimedia production, web design, political communication, quantitative research methods, and media, science, and society.