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