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Company: Society of Professional Journalists
Full-time PAID Internship: Communications
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 15, 2013
Job ID: 1461747



The Society of Professional Journalists, the largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists in the nation, is seeking a candidate to fill its yearlong Communications Postgraduate Internship for writing, marketing, social media and public relations efforts. The ideal candidate should be a recent college graduate (bachelor’s or master’s) with prior internship or student media experience in communications and/or journalism. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members.

Primary duties will include:

  • working with SPJ’s board and staff to create and distribute internal and external messages.
  • managing, maintaining, building and expanding SPJ’s social media presence.
  • assisting in marketing and promoting all of SPJ’s products and services.
  • organizing media inquiries, interviews and helping to prepare board members and leaders for media opportunities.
  • providing editorial content for all of SPJ’s communications vehicles, including its website, member magazine (Quill) and weekly e-newsletter.

The full-time position, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 15, 2013.

The anticipated start date is June. 3, 2013, and will last one year from the start date.


There is no specific education or discipline requirement, though the position is ideal for a person who recently completed a bachelor’s or master’s program. Past interns have come out of undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism, communications, public relations and public policy/public administration. Most important, the applicant should demonstrate a strong desire to create innovative communications strategies for SPJ and keep the organization moving forward with the dynamic industry it supports.


  • Experience using social media and ability to keep SPJ audiences engaged and informed through multiple digital communications channels.
  • Knowledge of the journalism industry and the current issues facing its practitioners.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects.
  • Must be a self-starter who brings ideas to the table and is able to assist other staffers when needed.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills, often translating legal, ethical, freedom of information and diversity issues into meaningful messages for the public to understand.
  • Ability to post content to our website and engage journalists and the public through relevant social media platforms.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn about the journalism/communications field in a non-profit setting.
  • Proficiency in AP Style is a plus.



Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, 3-5 writing samples relevant to this job description and three professional references to Tara Puckey via:


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Society of Professional Journalists

ATTN: Tara Puckey

3909 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208


For more information:

Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator

317-927-8000, ext. 215


You may also send links to related samples and information you think may illustrate your qualifications for this type of work. Examples include marketing plans, videos/podcasts you’ve produced, your personal blog on digital journalism trends, etc. Show us what sets you apart from the pack. Be unique and creative.



The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, and based in Indianapolis, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Learn more at


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