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Fall 2017: Fanfare Magazine - Content & Advertising Editor

Sep 21, 2017

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Fanfare Magazine is seeking a capable, unpaid intern to serve as Content and Advertising Editor from mid-September until late November. This position has potential to be a fifty or hundred-hour internship and span to another issue in Spring 2018. The intern will gain practical experience in the fields of advertising, communications, journalism and PR while fulfilling educational requirements and goals.

Brief overview of the organization

The Fan District Association is a non-profit dedicated to preserving, restorating and improving the Fan neighborhood surrounding VCU. The FDA represents residential owners, renters, businesses, educational and religious entities within our boundaries at the local and state level.  Fanfare Magazine is the quarterly magazine of the FDA since 1961 that will publish a fall and spring issues this school year. Paper copies of Fanfare are mailed and hand distributed to over one thousand ultra-local families, sponsors, and community partners.  More information is available at the FDA’s Facebook and the most recent issue of Fanfare can be found on the main page of our website,

Publication time table and internship description

Research, Writing, and Editing Phase:

Late August to early October for the Fall Issue. Early January to Early February for the Spring Issue.

  • compile a google document with ultra-local news, media briefings, and restaurant openings

  • assemble publicly available police data and crime information

  • use the above data to pen original content in the format of previous issues

  • work with the state and city politicians, VCU news, and our issue’s photography specialist

  • solicit sponsorships from non-profits and small businesses

  • manage, edit and proofread community contributors

Design, Production, and Distribution Phase:

Mid-October to Thanksgiving for the Fall Issue. Early February to mid-March for the Spring Issue.

The content and ad deadline for public Fanfare submissions is October 1st for the Thanksgiving issue and February 1st for the April issue. After this point, the weekly responsibilities will change to arranging content with our graphic designer, coordinating production with our print house, and planning distribution with our mailing house and door-to-door campaigns. After the distribution in August, we will review plans for the next edition of Fanfare, and repeat the steps above to produce the next issue.


Preferred qualifications for applicants

  • Flexibility and drive to complete independent, remote work totaling at least two hours per week

  • Reliability to attend mandatory one hour weekly check-in meetings to:

    • review projects and gain positive feedback and constructive criticism

    • set the next week’s agenda, goals, and objectives

    • consider new ways to improve the publication’s advertising, journalism and PR


How to apply

Send a resume, an academic writing sample, and your contact information to

We are flexible with generating internship opportunities and can probably work something out so you can have communications-related duties, gain consistent and valuable feedback, and satisfy your educational requirements. Please reach out and join our positive publication that makes a difference.