Internship opportunity: AAJA VOICES business development internship in DC

The VOICES student journalism program is seeking a Washington-based intern interested in business development to help identify sponsors and secure advertisements to benefit the program.

About VOICES
AAJA is seeking an unpaid intern interested in business development to help identify sponsors and secure advertisements to benefit nonprofit program Voices, a career development program. Voices takes place annually during AAJA’s national convention, which will next be in August 2014 in Washington DC. College students are selected to take part in a newsroom environment during the convention that produces a print and multimedia publication for convention attendees.

Students gain hands-on experience with professional journalists from all over the country as their mentors and editors. In turn, those volunteers, often mid-career journalists, learn management skills that foster the industry’s leadership pipeline.

Internship position
The unpaid internship will provide business development experience for a student interested in media advertising and marketing. Interns will reach out to DC-area businesses – from retail to potentially corporate media – and propose ad sales in a multimedia package. Interns will gain knowledge in understanding marketing strategy and nonprofit operations. Interns will also gain exposure to developing relations with media companies and professional journalists. Interns will be managed remotely by a volunteer program director in Houston, Texas, with limited administrative support from AAJA’s national office in San Francisco, California.

Duties and responsibilities
Must have professional phone-speaking skills and ability to make inquiries. Interns must be able to identify and document leads.

Ability to visit with area businesses during open hours to meet with potential advertising clients.

Experience with Excel, Word and familiar with the Microsoft Office program suite.

Benefits
Upon completion of the program, the intern will have a working knowledge of marketing and sales coordination. Qualifying interns may also be eligible to attend the 2014 AAJA national convention and waive registration.

Length of internship
February to August

Required hours
Minimum of 32 per semester (two hours per week)

To apply
Applicants can send a resume and an email on why they are interested to Ruth Liao at ruthlessliao [at] gmail [dot] com. Deadline is Feb. 21.

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TRIVIA BOWL SUCCESS!

TriviaBowl2013WinnersThank you to everyone who came out to Trivia Bowl on Nov. 15! AAJA-DC also thanks GM for sponsoring Trivia Bowl and WUSA9 for allowing us to use its facility. The money raised will help fund scholarships for the next generation of journalists. The first-place team (left) was “Style Invitational Losers,” led by AAJA-DC member Sue Lin Chong. The second-place team was “Disgruntled Smartypantses,” and coming in third was “#Teamname.”

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