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Internships

Our internship provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real world setting.  The goal of our program is to help interns define their interests, acquire practical experience, build a portfolio and begin building their professional network. The Office of Public Relations and Communications' internship is divided into two focuses, PR & Comm and  Multimedia.

Internship Description

Under the guidance of an assigned OPRC supervisor, interns will observe the operations and functions of OPRC. Interns will assist with various projects and create and produce public affairs and internal communications, visual content, as well as PR assignments. Key experiences may include: researching, writing and editing stories, creating multimedia elements (photos, videos, graphics, presentations) and/or crafting communication for different channels as needed, including Newsline (DePaul's online news publication for faculty and staff), news releases (for the general public), and executive communications (for the President). Interns serve as active members of the OPRC team and as valued contributors in public relations and communications meetings and projects.

​​​​PR & Comm Areas of Focus

Reputation Management
Students may have the opportunity to develop communication strategies and contribute research to communication campaigns that address issues critically important to DePaul. These strategies will help the university respond appropriately to emerging trends or changes in the socio-political environment.

Newsroom
Students may research possible media placements and help write and edit news releases. Students also may assist in pitching stories to the media and identify faculty experts in response to media queries.

Internal Communications
Students may produce content for Newsline, the bi-monthly email newsletter and online news source for faculty and staff. There will be opportunities to do research, writing or editing for other internal communications plans and projects.

Executive Communications
Students may have the opportunity to contribute to communications for the Office of the President, including speeches, university letters and articles. Students will conduct research to support all of these functions. Students also may help maintain and create content for the Office of the President website.

Social Media
Students may schedule and post to Twitter and Facebook, monitor social media channels, update information and upload photos and/or videos. 

Qualifications
  • Professionalism and effective communication skills, including oral and written expression, demonstrated research, writing and editing skills (reports, presentations, data collection, research, etc.) and strong analytical skills
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of effective uses of social media
  • Ability to meet deadlines, resolving issues quickly and bringing major tasks to conclusion on schedule
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, make consistent decisions and continuously exercise impeccable judgement
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Must be organized, flexible, able to accept direction and constructive coaching as necessary and to prioritize activities and work on multiple projects
  • Maturity and the ability to distinguish between ordinary and extraordinary events and/or circumstances are essential
  • Computer literacy is required; experience in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) is preferred

Multimedia Focus

Working within the OPRC multimedia department, interns will assist with producing video, photo and multimedia pieces. Key experiences may include: assisting with video production (both in-studio and in the field), photography, graphics creation and photo/video editing.
 
Qualifications
  • Familiarity with multimedia related production and post-production procedures (pre-production, lighting, shooting, post-production, etc.)
  • Familiarity with multimedia related production and post-production equipment and software (video cameras, tripods, lighting, DSLR cameras, audio equipment, Mac computers, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut X, Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects, Aperture, etc.)
  • Professionalism, must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of effective uses of social media
  • Ability to discreetly handle confidential information
  • Computer literacy in Mac OSX is required

Workplace Environment

Students will primarily work out of OPRC’s offices which are located at 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 2000 on the Loop campus. For some assignments, students may be required to interview faculty on location.  Multimedia interns will split time between the OPRC office and field assignments.

Education

Degree-seeking student, undergraduate or graduate; preferably from the College of Communication, CDM, or English department. Consideration will be given to students with experience or strong interest from other colleges/schools.

Time Commitment

  • Minimum of 10 hours  a week 
  • Maximum of 20 hours a week
  • Ability to maintain a consistent weekly schedule

Course Credit and Stipend

  • Internships are only offered to DePaul college students
  • Students are eligible to receive academic credit for internship
  • Students admitted to the internship program will receive a stipend

To Apply

Applicants interested in the PR & Comm internship should submit cover letter, resume and a writing sample to oprc@depaul.edu Acceptable  writing samples include campaign plans, news media kits, speeches, video scripts or blogs.  

Applicants interested in the Multimedia internship should submit cover letter, resume and work product sample to Jeff Carrion at  jcarrio1@depaul.edu.
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