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Electronic Communications Internship

A collaborative, exciting creative team seeks an ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS INTERN who can strategize and write both proactive and reactive content for a variety of electronic formats including social media content, blogs, web and email. The successful candidate will complete the internship with numerous published writing samples and broad experience in the area of communications relevant to new professionals entering the field.

Interns from the Communications/Public Programming team snap photos for the social media accounts.
Interns from the Communications/Public Programming team snap photos for the social media accounts.

The ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS INTERN will work 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester. Hours will be scheduled during Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Attendance may be required for 1-3 evening events per semester, including Nov. 10, 2017. Some special project hours may be available during the summer depending on schedule.

Employment as an intern is on a semester by semester basis. Continued employment is contingent upon funding and performance. This position is eligible for internship credit for strategic communications and public relations majors. Filing for credit is the responsibility of the student.


The intern will help conceptualize and execute social media contests and special promotions.
The intern will help conceptualize and execute social media contests and special promotions.




Intern will write press releases, headlines, web copy, e-newletters and blog posts, build electronic press kits, develop social media content, monitor the library’s online reputation and media presence, and research relevant media outlets. As a member of the Communication Services Office, the intern will also be called on to contribute to brainstorming sessions for campaigns and special projects, appear in Library videos, edit and proofread Library publications, and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A student in School of Media and Strategic Communications who has successfully completed Media Style and Structure or has equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in AP style.
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Google Drive, and ability to work on PC.
  • Ability to maintain professional decorum in a team environment based on idea generation, creativity and collaboration.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Comfort contributing to the messaging and development of marketing and public relations campaigns.
  • Willingness to appear and/or speak on camera for Library promotional videos.
  • Proficiency with Constant Contact, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin March 20, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants must submit:

For additional information, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 744-9725.

Shown below: Interns in the Communications Office participate in a wide variety of video projects.

More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Strategic Communications
  • Ag Communications
  • Marketing


Being a Library communications intern was by far the best “real world” prep I could have received before graduating and getting my first job. On top of the many communications skills I gained, the Library internship provided a positive office environment to collaborate and develop creative teamwork skills. To this day, I still look back on my internship experience as guidance for projects and tasks in my current role. The Library internship positions are more like “real jobs" than internships because you get hands-on experience in a variety of areas, while also learning and discovering where you want to grow. The countless skills I gained at the Library will stay with me for the continuation of my career.

Kristin Underwood, Social Media Intern fall 2014 to spring 2015

My time as an intern at the OSU Library prepared me for life after graduation more than any other internship, job or class did. It gave me a chance to use and apply what I learned in the classroom in a professional environment. I was able to get a taste for a variety of areas within the strategic communications field - from writing press releases to helping plan major fundraisers to managing a professional social media presence. These experiences were invaluable to employers after I graduated, and my standard for my first full time job was an office where I could grow as much and feel as comfortable as I did at the Library.

Emily Nielsen, Social Media (Public Outreach) Intern fall 2011 to spring 2013


  • The intern will learn best practices for communicating in a variety of online environments.
  • The intern will learn about media research and tracking.
  • The intern will learn about brand messaging and develop basic online reputation management skills.
  • The intern will learn to apply the four-step process in developing a communications campaign.
  • The intern will learn to apply relevant laws and ethical codes to real life scenarios.

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will learn how to market a service/product using social media.
  • The student will hone AP writing skills.
  • The student will learn how to develop a brand voice and develop messaging true to that voice.
  • The student will build on-camera skills.
  • The student will learn to work in a team environment and develop idea generation skills.
  • The student will have responsibility for a project from start to finish.
  • The student will complete the internship with portfolio items suitable to present to potential employers.

Benefits to the Library:

  • The Library will be able to maintain its high level of activity on existing social media accounts.
  • The Library will have improved response time on social media engagement.
  • The Library will have an influx of fresh perspectives and new ideas on annual promotions.