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Public Relations Intern – President's Office

Salem State University’s Public Relations department is seeking Undergraduate & Graduate level students actively pursuing a degree in communications to join our 2018 Spring internship program. This full semester program will expose interns to the day-to-day activities of the public relations department. The public relations department’s goal is to ensure the intern learns practical on-the-job skills and receives training in management skills, verbal/written and organizational skills, build and develop relationships, and develop skills relevant to a career in public relations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative support and assists with special projects as assigned.
  • Assists in writing press releases and media advisories, coordinating public relations efforts for end of year ceremonies, and materials distributing to proper media contacts, as needed.
  • Compile and develop media lists
  • Handle media follow-up phone calls and emails
  • Search various news outlets daily, if needed, to compile news clips list with a concentration in higher education
  • Conduct research for various projects
  • Research specific projects to create news clips lists specific to various topics
  • Update expert source book by conducting research and speaking with faculty members and staff
  • Produce web content, including, but not limited to, feature stories, profiles, press releases, and calendar items
  • Though work outside of the hours specified will not be required, some degree of email checking will be needed so as to ensure a media request does not go unnoticed and can be forwarded to a member of the public relations office to ensure timely handling of the request. Time spent off the clock can be discussed with the supervisor.
  • Provides assistance at special events including drafting talking points.
  • Assists with commencement preparation.

Minimum Qualifications

Currently pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree in communications, English or related field.

  • The internship position requires weekday availability of at least 12 hours per week, with flexible scheduling between the hours of 9 am-5 pm. The ideal candidate will have availability three days a week, for four hours per day, preferably in the morning.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Prior administrative experience with proficiency in the MS Office Suite
  • A desire to learn
  • Ability to handle sensitive information while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality
  • Strong initiative and problem solving skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Extremely detail oriented, organized and self-motivated/flexible

Application Instructions:

Submit resume and two (2) writing samples to Kimberly Burnett at by November 24th

For those students qualifying for the position, Ms. Burnett will reach out via email.




Kimberly Burnett | 978.542.3043

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