2017 SD EPSCoR Communications Summer Internship

Posted on: January 17, 2017   |   Category: Announcements
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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 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 or 605-688-6231 with questions or more information.