Student Media Relations Intern

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We are seeking a college student to be a senior-level media relations intern volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden—the second-most visited botanic garden in the United States and the most beautiful place in the Chicago area. Do you want to learn more about how media and public relations work in a nonprofit organization? Do you want to gain an understanding of how to target messages to local, regional, national, and international audiences via legacy and social media platforms? Do you enjoy horticulture, science, festivals, and art exhibitions? Can you multitask and work in a busy office environment with friendly, experienced people? Then this internship is for you!

Hours: Three days per week (approximately 20 hours) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the position is flexible. This internship is unpaid, though the experience gained is invaluable.

E-mail resume, cover letter, and three writing samples (if possible), to Gloria Ciaccio, public relations director, Chicago Botanic Garden. The e-mail address is . No phone calls please. You can fax writing samples to (847) 835-0832.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist the Garden’s public relations team in various day-to-day and special functions, focusing on external and internal communications
  • Monitor and track print, TV, radio, and electronic media coverage
  • Assist in press release/media alert writing, distribution, and pitching
  • Staff media segments and photo shoots
  • Help maintain press contacts database
  • Work with team to promote the work of the Garden through social media platforms

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Computer skills required in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Internet Explorer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop
  • Lots of energy
  • Must be flexible, have good organizational skills, and must work well with people (including several different supervisors)
  • Must be articulate and have good writing skills
  • Must have proficient knowledge of Associated Press (newspaper) style
  • Must have a good understanding of current media trends
  • Must be able to work efficiently and productively in an office environment
  • Familiarity with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest a plus
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.