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Fall 2017: VCU Public Affairs - Public Relations Intern

Aug 23, 2017

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

University Public Affairs at VCU, part of the Division of University Relations, leads the news and public information efforts of Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Medical Center. UPA has two major responsibilities: to fulfill the public information obligations of the university as a public institution, and to develop and execute effective public relations programs to support the goals of Virginia Commonwealth University and its faculty and staff.

 

Intern Responsibilities

The Public Relations Internship Program provides undergraduate Mass Communications majors, in their senior year, with first-hand knowledge of university and hospital public and media relations.

 

Interns gain practical skills in writing news releases, developing and researching stories, and conducting interviews and writing feature articles for the VCU News Center. Other opportunities include working on special projects, accompanying staff as they work with media visiting the VCU campuses, helping to arrange news conferences and university events, and performing research and administrative duties as they relate to a functioning public relations office.

 

Qualifications

Interested students should have knowledge of news writing and public relations writing and have an interest in pursuing a career in print or broadcast journalism or public relations.

 

Credit

Internships are available year round on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses for two- or three-credit hours. Interns are not paid and must schedule regular hours (approximately 10 hours per week depending on the credits earned).

 

How to Apply

To apply for an internship at the University Public Affairs, submit a portfolio containing:

  • a resume

  • a cover letter explaining how the internship fits into your career plans

  • two complete prose pieces of any length, fiction or nonfiction

 

Send your portfolio to

 

Leila Ugincius

lugincius@vcu.edu