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Social Media (Special Collections) Internship

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.

A collaborative, exciting creative team seeks a SOCIAL MEDIA (SPECIAL COLLECTIONS) INTERN who can strategize and produce engaging content that showcases archival material in a social media space. 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.

The SOCIAL MEDIA (SPECIAL COLLECTIONS) INTERN will work 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester. Hours will be scheduled Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. 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.

Salary:

$11.50/hour

Responsibilities:

The intern will help identify interesting photos and memorabilia from the University Archives and develop engaging content for web, social media, video and digital exhibits.
The intern will help identify interesting photos and memorabilia from the University Archives and develop engaging content for web, social media, video and digital exhibits.

Intern will write electronic press kits promoting the Library’s Special Collections, and work with the Library’s video production unit to produce videos promoting Special Collections. Intern will develop social media content for the University Archives accounts with a focus on highlighting the OSU Photograph collection and other archival materials. This will require working closely with the Archives staff to select images, and edit for optimal display on various social media outlets. Intern will play an important role in developing the brand voice of the University Archives, as well as research trends and audiences on the accounts. 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 have equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in AP style
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Adobe PhotoShop 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
  • Keen interest in the history of OSU
  • Willingness to appear and/or speak on camera for Library promotional videos
  • Familiarity with basic video production

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin March 25, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants must submit:

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

Shown below: The intern will identify video opportunities in Special Collections and University Archives and prep staff for on-camera interviews.


More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Strategic Communications
  • Ag Communications
  • Marketing
  • History
  • Students interested in pursuing an MLIS

Outcomes:

  • The intern will learn best practices for communicating in the social media environment
  • The intern will learn basic PhotoShop skills
  • The intern will learn about brand messaging
  • The intern will learn how to market archival collections

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will learn how to market a service/product using social media.
  • The student will learn how to develop a brand voice and develop messaging true to that voice.
  • The student will learn how to develop story ideas suitable for a variety of media.
  • The student will build on-camera and media training skills.
  • The student will build photography and photo editing skills.
  • The student will become familiar with archival standards for photographs.
  • 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 revitalize existing social media accounts.
  • The Library will engage a more diverse audience by maintaining distinct accounts and highlighting diverse materials.
  • The Library will improve promotion and raise the profile of its extensive Special Collections and University Archives.

Additional notes:

  • This intern will report to both the Interim Head of Special
  • Collections and University Archives and the Senior Communications Specialist.