PR and Communications Intern - Chicago History Museum

Submitted by eosborne on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:29pm

This internship offers the successful candidate the unique opportunity to work in public relations and media relations at the Chicago History Museum. The Public Relations and Communications Intern will participate in a range of activities to promote the Museum including: managing calendar listings, writing press releases and promotional copy, assisting film crews and photographers, building media lists, analyzing media coverage, and helping to facilitate media inquiries and requests to promote the Museum’s events, programs and exhibitions.

Projects and assignments focus primarily on public relations but will include work in marketing and membership outreach. Position entails representing the Museum throughout the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August10-12, 2018.

POSITION SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES AND CORRESPONDING EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Press Announcements
The intern will help craft Museum announcements and press releases. The intern will learn the basics of AP style. They will be introduced to press deadlines.

Media Relations
The Intern will assist film crews and photographers during their visits to promote Museum’s events, exhibits, and programs.
Under the guidance of the public communications manager, they will help facilitate media requests. The intern will learn the basics of media relations by building on the relationships that the Museum develops with journalists. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with Chicago journalists and members of the media.

Calendar Listings
The intern will submit listings to local media web calendars (Metromix, Chicago Parent, TimeOut, etc.) to promote the Museum’s programs and events. The intern will use and improve public relations skills by serving as a knowledgeable and professional “face” to the Museum.

Media Analytics
The intern will build media lists and analyze public relations efforts. The intern will learn how to use PR software to analyze campaign efforts and build media lists. 

Event Staffing
The intern will support the coordination and staffing of general on-site event programming and community outreach efforts, including participation in neighborhood fests and events where the Museum is represented. (Weekends/weeknights may be occasionally
required)

Requirements
Skills & Qualifications: 

Applicant should have completed junior year in college or have recently obtained a bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in journalism, or marketing and communications.

• Excellent written skills with basic understanding of AP style • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Advanced familiarity with the internet

• Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position equipment (including lights, video camera, and microphones) weighing up to 45 pounds

• Ability to meet strict press deadlines.

• Ability to function independently as well as on a team.

• Availability to work at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August 10-12, 2018

• Commitment to follow the rules and guidelines contained in the Chicago History Museum Internship Program Handbook.

• Agreement to submit to a background screening and provide 2 recent references.

• Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the Chicago History Museum

To Apply: 

A completed internship application consists of the following: 

• a completed internship application form (available online)

• a one-page personal statement describing your reasons for seeking an internship at CHM and what you hope to gain from the experience 

• a resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences

• contact information for two references

Visit chicagohistory.org/internships/ or send application materials to osborne@chicagohistory.org

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Emily Osborne
Contact Phone Number: 
312-799-2161
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