2017 SD EPSCoR Communications Summer Internship


The South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) office is seeking a qualified communications intern for projects to be completed during Summer 2017.

Applicants must be undergraduate students who will be a sophomore, junior or senior at a South Dakota public, private or tribal university or college in the Fall 2017 semester. Ideal candidates will have an interest in science journalism.

Complete applications consist of a cover letter and resume from the student, a letter of reference from a faculty member of the applicant’s home department and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s school transcripts (from Webadvisor).  The complete application should be sent electronically to Danielle.Murray@sdstate.edu as single PDF document. Alternatively, it can be mailed to the address on the application. Application deadline is April 7.

Applicants selected for interview will be expected to provide a portfolio of completed work as described in qualifications.

Intern Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Communications Officer:

  • Produce media alerts and news releases
  • Support with development and distribution of SD EPSCoR monthly newsletter
  • Develop highlights related to student research
  • Promote SD EPSCoR effectively to the public
  • Assist with social media communications
  • Administrative support
  • Event planning support
  • Light travel to events/meetings


  • Must be a current undergraduate student who will be a sophomore, junior or senior in the Fall 2017 semester leading to a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Multimedia or other related field in a South Dakota public, private or tribal university or college.
  • Must have demonstrable knowledge and experience with photography/videography.
  • The items in the portfolio must demonstrate knowledge of
    • Mass communication principles and practices including news writing, social media, graphic design, photojournalism and video editing.
    • Adobe Creative Suites software including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
    • Microsoft Office
  • Must be willing and able to travel within South Dakota. Applicants must hold a valid South Dakota driver’s license.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Web hosting and/or WordPress experience is desired but not required.
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Internship will run for 12 weeks beginning May 28, 2017. This is a paid position at a rate of $10/hr paid on monthly basis.

Contact Dani Murray at Danielle.Murray@sdstate.edu or 605-688-6231 with questions or more information.