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Public Relations Internship Opportunities at the U.S. Naval Academy

Posted on: September 03, 2012 08:00 EDT

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Point of contact: Jenny Erickson, 410-293-2292
Public Affairs Office
U.S. Naval Academy
121 Blake Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21402
Email: erickson@usna.edu


About the Internship

This is an on-going internship opportunity with the Media Relations branch of the Naval Academy's Public Affairs Office. Internships are available each semester, including the summer semester. Internships are for academic credit in accordance with internship policy at the student's university. Unfortunately, no remuneration is available. This is an unpaid internship. The internship affords the student an opportunity to work in a high-paced and nationally recognized institution that offers numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth in the public relations field. Working hours are flexible and can range from 20-25 hours per week, but special arrangements can be made for people who wish to work a concentrated 40-hour work week for whole or partial semesters. Two to three days a week are preferred. Proper dress (to be discussed at the beginning of the internship) is required as many of the responsibilities include interaction with professional journalists and high-ranking military leaders.

About the Intern Duties and Responsibilities

Students interning in the Media Relations branch will assist in researching and writing a variety of press materials for dissemination to local and national media, including press releases, media advisories, tip sheets, feature articles and pitch letters. Interns will also have the opportunity to market story ideas to reporters and editors by telephone, and will coordinate requests for interviews with academy faculty, officers and midshipmen. Responsibilities also include escorting media and facilitating interviews as well as assisting in handling general public and press inquiries about the academy.

Candidates for this internship should have completed several upper-level courses in the Public Relations Public Affairs sequence; have demonstrated writing and marketing ability; a sense of news angles and newsworthiness; and experience in writing in AP Style. No prior experience in or knowledge of the military is necessary.

How to Apply Contact Jenny Erickson, Media Relations Internship Coordinator, at 410-293-2292, to discuss the possibility of an internship. After speaking with Jenny, you will need to complete and send the following in your application package:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Two writing samples in AP Style
  4. A list of journalism, communications and/or public relations courses you have completed.
Application packets can be sent to:

Email (preferred): erickson@usna.edu
Fax: 410-293-3133. Attn: Jenny Erickson
Mail:

Jenny Erickson: Public Affairs Office
United States Naval Academy
121 Blake Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21402

Deadlines

Our internship deadlines are flexible and depend on: an applicant's schedule availability, number of applicants and an applicant's academic needs, the current needs of our office and our academic calendar. Please do not hesitate to contact us about an internship once your semester has begun. The most qualified candidates will receive top priority.

About the Academy

Founded as the Naval School in 1845, the United States Naval Academy today is a four-year service academy that prepares young men and women to become professional officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Students graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees and then serve at least six years as Navy or Marine Corps officers.

Approximately 4,000 men and women representing every state in the union and more than 20 foreign countries attend the academy. The nearly 640-member faculty is an integrated group of military and civilian instructors. Majors are offered in 18 subject areas throughout the academic divisions of engineering, science, mathematics and computer science, and humanities and social sciences.

In addition to academic courses, midshipmen are professionally trained in subjects such as small arms, seamanship and navigation, naval weapons and military law. Midshipmen can choose from 33 intercollegiate varsity sports, 33 intramural sports and more than 100 extracurricular activities ranging from music to drama to parachuting to scuba diving.

The Academy is set on 338 acres in historic Annapolis, Md., where the Severn River flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis, the state capital, is located 33 miles east of Washington, D.C., and 30 miles southeast of Baltimore.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.usna.edu.

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