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Spring 2018: VCU Innovation Gateway - PR & Journalism Interns (PAID)

Nov 8, 2017

Posted in: Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Description of Organization


Innovation Gateway manages the intellectual property developed at VCU. Our core focus is on the commercialization of innovation for the benefit of the university and public. We work with researchers across the university; from physics to pharmaceuticals and glass blowing to biomedical engineering. Much of our work involves communicating academic research to business leaders and the public. Important research at VCU includes:

  • Development of vaccines to prevent Lyme disease in people and our pets
  • Building new tools to combat cyber security
  • Creation of tools to help elderly people tell their life stories and fend off age related memory loss

Intern Responsibilities


  • Research and write news releases for distribution
  • Create press kits for events
  • Manage and lead social media campaigns around targeted technologies
  • Support innovation managers on the creation and distribution of marketing fliers
  • Support marketing and PR campaigns in collaboration with outside firm


Intern Qualifications


  • Strong writing skills and ability to translate scientific insights into content for the general population. Scientific background is not required but comfort with general scientific terms is a bonus (comparable to Popular Science or Popular Mechanics)
  • Ability to work independently with little handholding
  • Drive to develop applicants own ideas for management and execution of marketing efforts
  • Able to manage multiple projects at the same time

When offered


Offered on a continuing basis, all semesters, applicants are welcome to continue work past or outside of internship.



Paid, negotiable based on skills and value added. Up to 20 hours per week.


How far from campus

On campus, remote work allowed for up to 75% of time. Will require occasional faculty interviews across campus.  


Who to Contact


Brent Fagg,

Innovation Manager

800 East Leigh st, Richmond



How to Contact


Please e-mail Brent Fagg with resume and work sample. Applicants will be considered for portions of the work even if they are not able to meet all job duties listed.