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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs - Communications and Public Relations Intern

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:  The communications intern is responsible for contributing to all aspects of the communications department within the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. The intern in this position will serve as a staff member working with the communications team. This is an unpaid position, but may be eligible for credit. 

Interns will work between 15-25 hours a week. Prior relevant experience is preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
·         Assists with the development and updating of media lists and other databases
·         Assists with the management of newspaper and periodical inventories
·         Assists with marketing and branding campaigns
·         Assists with social networking, media and blogging
·         Assists with media relations duties
·         Tracks and compiles media clips and media reports
·         Drafts feature and news stories for veteran publications (within the organization and around the state)
·         Assists with research and survey development
·         Assists with promotion and event planning assistance
·         Assists with strategic communication planning
·         Assists other staff with projects as needed

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The communications intern should be actively enrolled in a university or college public relations, public affairs, marketing, advertising, communications or other related program. Candidates will preferably have at least sophomore standing. The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake basic writing assignments, and posses an understanding of basic media relations skills, an ability to interact professionally with customers and exhibit good judgment. A working knowledge of computers, as well as word processing and database management software is necessary. Design and layout experience is favorable.

- Ability to balance multiple responsibilities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Creative thinker
- Self-starter
- Basic computer skills
- Layout and design experience is a plus

TO APPLY:  
Please send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to:
Anna Lewicki Long, Communications Director
Or
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: Anna Lewicki Long
20 West 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155-2098

Application Deadline: December 16, 2011