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Self-Help - University Communications Student Intern

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

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Spring 2024

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Self-Help - University Communications Student Intern

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Student - Self-Help Campus Job

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ECU Department of News Services is seeking a University Communications Student Intern with experience in writing, communication marketing, social media and digital content production. This intern will have a workstation in Howard House, the home of ECU News Services. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Based around class schedule, a work schedule of up to 20 hours a week will be developed. This should be the student’s primary job outside of classes. Some assignments may occasionally require work at night or weekends. The position will start Jan. 29 and continue through the fall 2024 semester. The intent is for the student to work with ECU News Services for at least a year.
The student will be responsible for coordinating with university photographers and videographers and interviewing, writing and producing the student Pirate Profiles that appear on every three weeks. The intern also will write stories about students, faculty and staff and topics ranging from School of Theatre and Dance productions and special events to research. Students will be expected to write effectively and efficiently in required AP style. The intern will learn how to write news releases and media advisories.
The intern will have the opportunity to collaborate on social media projects for official ECU accounts. The ideal candidate will have experience working with the following social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and Snapchat. The ideal candidate also will have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including but not limited to Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign and After Effects as most assignments with the social media team will involve creating content using this software. The intern will become familiar with and use the team’s social media management platform to draft visual pieces for our social media feeds and stories. The intern will have the opportunity to conduct takeovers of university accounts and to take photos and video for use on university accounts. The ideal candidate will be outgoing and willing to be a part of photos and videos posted on ECU’s social media platforms.
Additional duties such as answering the office phone to cover lunch breaks or meetings may be assigned. The position offers growth over the course of the internship. A student can build a portfolio by being engaged in their role and bringing content ideas. The intern will have the opportunity to attend weekly staff meetings and other meetings to learn more about university communication needs and strategy development.
The intern will be supervised and mentored by University Communications professionals with experience in newspaper reporting, digital media, social media, marketing and public relations. Ability to meet deadlines is essential.

The hourly rate for this position is $10 and the required qualifications are listed below

Preferred (Majors, Experience, GPA, etc.):

Required qualifications:
-Ability to interview students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni
-Ability to write stories by assigned dates
-Confidentiality, professionalism, trustworthiness, fair judgment and impartiality are musts
-Ability to get along well with people
-Ability to work independently
-Ability to accept and learn from feedback and revision of stories
-Curiosity about university life, departments and schools, programs, research and people at ECU
-Basic knowledge of Microsoft programs (Word, Excel)

In addition, preferred qualifications:
-Experience in news writing, creative writing, and communication skills outside of class assignments
-Working knowledge of AP style
-Technically sound in grammar and spelling
-Comfortable taking photographs and video for social media
-Knowledgeable about current events

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please upload your resume online
Please submit a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation, references, and three writing samples.

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ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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